Liz Bennett

Iowa House of Representatives, District 65


Liz will be the only openly LGBTQ member of the Iowa General Assembly


Liz Bennett is a State Representative from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving Iowa House District 65. Presently in her second term, she is an assistant minority leader in the Democratic Caucus.

Liz is a member of the Administration & Rules, Economic Growth, Judiciary and Ways & Means committees. She is a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, as well as the Kirkwood Community College Liberal Arts Advisory Board.  In 2016, Rep. Bennett served as Faculty-in-Residence at University of Iowa’s N.E.W. Leadership program. More recently, she was featured on WOI-TV’s segment “Iowans to Know” and was honored as One Iowa’s 2017 advocate of the Year. She is the first openly-LGBTQ woman to serve in the Iowa Legislature and in 2018, she was honored as Capital City Pride’s Pride Woman of the Year.

On the national level, Liz serves on America’s Cabinet, a group of young elected officials committed to advancing progressive policy at a time when the nation seems to be moving backward.

Liz’s run for office was fueled by the belief that she has the energy and perspective to work for progress in Iowa. This has shaped her focus on issues like economic justice, renewable energy, justice reform, education, and fostering a climate of inclusion in the state of Iowa.

A graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, Rep. Bennett worked her way through college to earn a double B. A in Politics and Women’s Studies.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Liz is the first openly LGBTQ woman ever elected to the Iowa General Assembly
  • When re-elected, Liz will be the only LGBTQ member of the Iowa General Assembly

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