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State Representative Mary Mascher of Iowa City announced today that she will not seek re-election to the Iowa House at the end of her term in 2022. Mascher has served in the Iowa House since 1995.

“I want to thank the people of Johnson County for their love and support over the last 28 years. It has truly been an honor to represent the people in Iowa City, University Heights and Hills. I am looking forward to continuing to be their voice in the State House during the 2022 session.”

“I am so proud of the accomplishments we achieved when Democrats had the majority in the Iowa House and Senate from 2007-2010.  Progressives in both chambers increased the minimum wage, banned smoking in public places, protected LGTBQ rights in the civil rights code, invested in solar and wind energy programs, and established the first 4-year old voluntary pre-school program in the state.  During those years, state funding for our public universities, community colleges, private colleges and K-12 schools was increased yearly. These strides have made a long-lasting impact on the lives of so many Iowans.”

Born in Iowa City, Mascher grew up on a century farm in Johnson County and has been an active member of the community for many years. She was an elementary teacher and counselor in Iowa City School District for 33 years. Rep. Mascher currently represents the 86th House District and is currently serving her 14th term in the Iowa House.  She serves on the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee, International Relations Committee, Administration and Rules, Human Resources, Education, and is the Ranking Member of the House State Government Committee. In addition to her legislative committees Rep. Mascher serves on the Early Childhood Iowa State Board and the Investment Board of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).

“I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life and will continue to be active in local party politics. I am committed to community organizations that help those who struggle with housing and food insecurity. Quality, affordable, accessible early childhood education continues to be a top priority for the people in Johnson County and I will join forces with others to make that a reality for hard-working families.”

Author: Press Release