Party affiliation: Democratic Party
City Council Member, Burlington, Iowa, 1973-1975. Director, League of Iowa Municipality, 1973-1975. Delegate. Democrat National Convention, 1974 and 1988.
Senior Liaison Officer, Legislative and Congressional Relations, HUD, Washington DC, 1979-1981. Iowa State Representative, District 60, 1982-1986. Member, Foreign Trade Task Force, National Conference of State Legislators, 1985.
Secretary-of-State, Iowa, since 1987. National Chairwoman. Dukakis-Bentsen Presidential Campaign, 1988. Member, Advisory Board.
Coalition for Women’s Appointments. Professional career: history teacher, Burlington Community High School, Iowa. Consultant, economic development.