Liz is the only openly LGBTQ member of the Iowa General Assembly
Liz Bennett is a three-term State Representative from Iowa, and the first out, queer woman to serve in the Iowa Legislature. Recently, she was instrumental in bi-partisan work resulting in the passage of HF2503, which bans the gay/trans panic defense in cases of murder or any other violent crime motivated by known or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
During her time in the legislature, Rep. Bennett has become known as a voice for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, economic and social justice, and environmental stewardship.
Community organizations have recognized Rep. Bennett for her service to the community in many ways. She was named One Iowa Advocate of the Year, Capitol City Pride Woman of the Year in 2018, and one of the Women’s Equality Coalition of Linn County’s Women of the Year in 2018. Additionally, Rep. Bennett has served as Faulty in Residence for the University of Iowa’s Women’s NEW Leadership program.