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politician , Member of the Iowa House of Representatives

Dolores Mary Mertz, American Farmer, state legislator. Recipient Womens Leadership award Iowa Lakes Community College, 1988; named Woman of Year Beta Sigma Phi International, West Bend, Iowa, 1989; recipient Iowa Lakes Community College Distinguished Svc. award, 1992, Guardian of Small Businsess award.


Mertz, Dolores Mary was born on May 30, 1928 in Bancroft, Iowa, United States. Daughter of John Francis and Gertrude (Erickson) Shay.


Associate of Arts, Briar Cliff College, 1948.


She served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1989 through 2011. She received her AA from Briar Cliff College. Mertz served on several committees in the Iowa House – the Judiciary committee.

The Natural Resources committee. The Transportation committee. And the Agriculture committee, where she is chair.

She also serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. Her political experience includes twenty-five years as Democrat precinct leader and 13 years on the Kossuth County Central Committee. Mertz was re-elected in 2006 with 8,142 votes, running unopposed.

She is the former co-chairperson, currently "Chairman Emeritus" on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national association of legislators.


Iowa Democratic Party, Democratic Party.


Member of Farm Bureau, Soroptomist International, ISAC, Local West Bend Ladies Aid (president 1972), Iowa Court Catholic Daughters (former district deputy, vice regent), Council Catholic Women (former president), North-East Deanery (vice president 1974-1980), Catholic Daughters America West Bend Court (lecturer 1961, vice regent 1965, regent 1972), Algona-West Bend Drama Club.


Married H. Peter Mertz (dec.1983), December 27, 1951. Children: Peter, Mary Simpson, David, Ann Cornicelli, Helen Powell, Janice, Carol.

John Francis

Gertrude Erickson Shay

H. Peter Mertz

Peter Mertz

Mary Simpson Mertz

David Mertz

Ann Marie Cornicelli Mertz

Helen K. Powell Mertz

Janice Mertz

Carol Mertz