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Joe BolkcomDEMDemocrat State Senator, District 43
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IAResidence (state)

Joseph Bolkcom (born July 29, 1956) is a member of the Iowa Senate, where he is currently an assistant majority leader. A Democrat, he was first elected to the Senate in 1998. He represents the 43rd District of the General Assembly, which includes most of metropolitan Iowa City. Bolkcom currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Appropriations committee; the Commerce committee; the Human Resources committee; the Natural Resources and Environment committee; and the Ways and Means committee, where he is chair. Bolkcom was reelected in 2002. In the 2006 General Election he won 78% of the vote (14,816 votes). His only opponent was Jay Christensen-Szalanski, an independent, who received 22%. Bolkcom graduated from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport in 1983. He went on to earn a master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa. He served from 1993 to 1998 on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Iowa
Masters Public Affairs
1988
Saint Ambrose University
BA Sociology
1985
Black Hawk College
AA Political Science
1978
Past Positions1 - 10 of 10
Assistant Democratic Leader
Iowa State Senate
2017 - 2021
Former Majority Whip
Iowa State Senate
2013 - 2017
Assistant Majority Leader
Iowa State Senate
2007 - 2013
Senator
Iowa State Senate
2002 - Current
Supervisor
Johnson County Board of Supervisors
1993 - 1998
Employee
Iowa Flood Center
Current
Outreach and Community Education Director
University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research
Current
Employee
Johnson County Public Health Department
1988 - 1992
Director
Senior Advocates, Incorporated
1986 - 1988
Director
Senior Education, Incorporated
1981 - 1986
Other Experience1 - 14 of 14
Chair
Progressive States Network
Member
Iowa Chapter, Sierra Club
Member
Federal Emergency Management Agency Advisory Council
Member
Iowa Bicycle Coalition
Member
Iowa Ground Water Association
Member
Iowa Civil Liberties Union
Member
American Federation of Teachers, Local 716
Former Chair
Ways and Means Committee, Iowa State Senate
Former Co-Chair
Tax Expenditure Committee, Iowa State Senate
Former Member
Joint Health Policy Oversight Committee, Iowa State Senate
Former Member
Commerce Committee, Iowa State Senate
Former Member
Natural Resources and Environment Committee, Iowa State Senate
Former Member
Commerce Committee, Iowa State House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Iowa State Senate