Forty-eighth district Iowa State Senator and forty-seventh Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. She also served several terms as Treasurer of Clarke County, Iowa.
After attending Iowa's Southwestern Community College, she graduated from Northwest Missouri State University.
She served under the administration of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
Her marriage began in 1982 and resulted in three children.
She and Missouri politician Nate Walker both held office as Lieutenant Governor of a Midwestern state.