A native of Jefferson, Iowa, who graduated from Drake University with a degree in community journalism, Mary Rae lived for more than 20 years in the Detroit area before returning to her native state in 1991 to become member services for the Iowa Newspaper Association.

In 1996 she joined the staff of the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, serving as that newspaper’s political reporter until her retirement in 2009. She is delighted to see her retirement dream — to encourage more women to seek and win local, state and federal office — manifest in 50-50 in 2020.

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