Jo Ann Zimmerman
|Jo Ann Zimmerman|
|Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|
January 1987 – January 1991
|Preceded by||Robert T. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Joy Corning|
|Born||Jo Ann McIntosh
December 24, 1936
Van Buren County, Iowa, U.S.
Jo Ann McIntosh Zimmerman (born December 24, 1936) is an American politician who served as the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa and president of the Iowa Senate. She was the first woman to serve in the office of Lieutenant Governor.
Zimmerman was born on December 24, 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, separately from 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 Donald Avenson (who subsequently lost to Branstad).
She left office in 1991 and has since continued to advocate on behalf of healthcare, farming, and human rights issues.
- "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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