Zach Wahls represents District 37 in the Iowa Senate. District 37 includes all of Coralville, the west side of Iowa City, rural north and east Johnson County including Solon, all of Cedar County, and the town of Wilton in Muscatine County. He is the Iowa Senate Democratic Leader and serves as a member of the following Senate committees:
- Rules and Administration – Ranking Member
Wahls first gained national attention when his testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about growing up with gay parents went viral and became YouTube’s most-watched political video of 2011. He became an advocate for LGBTQ rights, co-founding and serving as executive director of Scouts for Equality, which led the national campaign to successfully end the Boy Scouts of America’s decades-old ban on gay people. He has spoken at 250+ events all over Iowa and across America, including a primetime speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention supporting President Obama. Wahls is also the author of the bestselling book My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family.
Wahls is a sixth-generation Iowan, a longtime resident of the senate district with deep community roots, an Eagle Scout, and an active member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Coralville. He is a graduate of Iowa City West High School, the University of Iowa (BA), and Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (MPA).
About Iowa Senate District 37
Iowa Senate District 37 is located in eastern Iowa and is currently composed of Cedar, Johnson, and Muscatine Counties. The District includes Coralville, Iowa City, Solon, West Branch, Mechanicsville, Stanwood, Clarence, Lowden, Tipton, Bennett, Rochester, Durant, and Wilton. The seat was previously held by Bob Dvorsky, who announced in August 2017 that he would not seek reelection in 2018.
On June 5, 2018, Zach won the Democratic nomination, and on November 6, 2018, he was elected to a four-year Senate term beginning January 2019.
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