Former Lt. Governor of Iowa
50-50 in 2020 Board Member
Joy Corning was born in Bridgewater Iowa, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education and started her career as a school teacher in Greenfield and Waterloo. She was elected to the Cedar Falls Board of Education in 1973 and served as President of the Board for nine years.
In 1985, Joy was elected to the Iowa Senate and served until she was asked by Governor Terry Branstad to join the Republican ticket as candidate for Lt. Governor in 1990. She served two terms in that position. As Lt. Governor, she served as chair of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors from 1996-1997.
Throughout Joy’s life, her passion has been serving the community on various boards and commissions and contributing her time and treasure to several organizations. Joy has chaired and co-chaired many fundraising efforts over the years.
After leaving office, Joy continued to live in Des Moines, where she quickly became involved in many activities in politics and her church, as well as many other philanthropic and community organizations that have benefitted from her leadership experience and ability to inspire people for a good cause.
Here is just a partial list of the boards and organizations that Joy has served:
Des Moines Symphony Board of Directors
Des Moines Symphony Foundation Board of Directors
50-50 in 2020 Board of Directors
Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, Chapel Fundraising Campaign Chair
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Institute for Character Development Board of Directors
National Committee for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Iowa Region Board of Directors
Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa Board of Directors
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Board of Directors
Plymouth Congregational Church UCC Board of Trustees
Plymouth Congregational Church UCC Foundation Board of Trustees
Republican Leadership Council, Iowa Captain
University of Northern Iowa’s $1,000,000 “Students First” Campaign Co-Chair
Joy was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Des Moines Business Record’s “Sages Over 70” in 2013. She has also received numerous awards from the organizations she has served that recognize her dedication.
Joy’s husband Burt Corning died in 1990. Together they raised three children: Carol, Claudia and Ann. Joy still has a very full schedule, many dear friends, and still is on a few boards which keep her actively involved in the community and in politics.