On January 12, 2009, I was honored to begin serving my first term in the Iowa House. I have just finished serving my sixth term. I represent the families of Bettendorf / Davenport, Iowa. I am proud to be a Ranking Member of Adm/Rules and I serve on the following committees:
– Admin/Rules (Ranking member)
– Local Government
– Natural Resources
– Public Safety
Currently living in Bettendorf, Iowa with my husband, Dave, and my daughter, Mackenzie. My husband and I have three successful daughters: Acacia, Robin, and Mackenzie. We are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren. We have been proud to have called the Quad-Cities home since 1980. Eight years ago, we moved from the West Davenport Area to our current residence in Bettendorf.
I was born in Chicago and my family moved to Creston, Iowa, where I attended Southwestern Community College. Dave and I met on the Southwestern campus and were married in 1974. I went on to attend Westmar College until Dave graduated in 1976; I left to begin a career in education.
In 1988, I began working, as a para-educator, with the Davenport Community Schools. For a time, I worked in the library and later as the secretary in the Media Center at North High School. Currently, I am the attendance secretary for Williams Intermediate School, located in Davenport. (Update) Retired in 2016 from the Davenport Schools.
I have also served as my union’s president and vice president, a contract negotiator, and a grievance chair. I have also served on many committees in the district, including the superintendent search committee. In addition to serving on the state Minority Action Committee, which is an organization that brings all minority youth together in the autumn to perform artistic activities.
President of AAUW American University of Women (June 2019 – June 2020)
Created Iowa Women United (2012)