Jo Ann Zimmerman
|Jo Ann Zimmerman|
|43rd Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|
January 1987 – January 1991
|Governor||Terry E. Branstad|
|Preceded by||Robert T. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Joy Corning|
December 24, 1936 |
Van Buren County, Iowa
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Jo Ann McIntosh Zimmerman (born December 24, 1936) is an Iowan politician who served as the 43rd Lieutenant Governor of Iowa and president of the Iowa Senate. She was the first woman to serve in the office of Lieutenant Governor.
Jo Ann Zimmerman was born on December 24th, 1936, in Van Buren County, Iowa as the eldest of three children.
In 1982, Zimmerman won election to the Iowa House where she advocated various health issues, and won the 1986 election for Lieutenant Governor of Iowa alongside Governor Terry Branstad. As Lt. Governor, Zimmerman advocated for the removal of her own office (as it was considered a figurehead position) and championed other progressive causes in her position. Zimmerman briefly entered the 1990 gubernatorial election to unseat incumbent governor Branstad, but dropped out to run on the Iowa Democratic Party ticket as Lt. Governor with Don Avenson (who subsequently lost to Branstad).
She left office in 1991 and has since continued to advocate for on behalf of healthcare, farming, and human rights.
- "Iowa's Lieutenant Governor Faces Family-farm Foreclosure". Gainesville Sun. February 25, 1987. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
- Jo Ann Zimmerman at Iowa Women's Archives
Robert T. Anderson
|Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
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