Summary: senator serving as a member of the Iowa State Senate since 1995 who became the first and only woman to serve as party floor leader in the state Legislature representing the 18th District as a Republican, who was known for working across party lines and putting the people above politics while working on several committees despite her three-year battle with terminal cervical cancer.
Cause of Death: Cervical cancer
Born: February 2, 1948
Died: January 17, 2009
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa