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Elaine BLAND BAXTER, American Secretary-ofStateof Iowa. Women Exec, in State Government Fellowship, Senior Execs, in State and Local Government Program, J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1988; Honorary Residential Chair, Iowa Chapter, American Heart Association, 1989.


  • BLAND BAXTER, Elaine was born on January 16, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. Daughter of Clarence Arthur Bland and Margaret Bland (née Clark).

  • Education

    • University of Illinois, Bachelor of Arts, 1954. Iowa Wesleyan College, Teaching Certificate, 1970. University of Iowa, Master of Sciences, Master of Surgery, 1978.


    • 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.


    Party affiliation: Democratic Party


    Director, Women’s Equity Action League. American Society for Public Administration. Women Execs, in State Government.

    Urban Land Institute. Victoria Society, Iowa. Foundation of Iowa Children and Family Services.


    • [{"type":"father","name":"Clarence Arthur Bland"},{"type":"mother","name":"Margaret Bland (née Clark)"},{"type":"spouse","name":"Harry Youngs Baxter"}]
    • father: Clarence Arthur Bland
    • mother: Margaret Bland (née Clark)
    • spouse: Harry Youngs Baxter
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