Libby Jacobs

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Libby Swanson Jacobs
Libby Jacobs - Official Portrait - 82nd GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 60th district
In office
Preceded by Lance Horbach
Succeeded by Peter Cownie
Personal details
Born (1956-10-01) October 1, 1956 (age 60)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Steven
Residence West Des Moines, Iowa
Website Jacobs's website

Libby Swanson Jacobs (born October 1, 1956) is a former Iowa State Representative from the 60th District.


Jacobs received her BA in political science from the University of Nebraska and her MPA from Drake University.[citation needed]


Prior to her career in politics, Jacobs was president of a consulting firm called The Jacobs Group, LLC. She also spent some time in the telecommunications, non-profit, and financial services industries.[1]

She served[when?] in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009. She was a majority whip and sat on several committees: the Commerce committee; the Judiciary committee; the State Government committee; and the Ways and Means committee.[citation needed] Jacobs was re-elected in 2006 with 7,849 votes, running unopposed. [1]

As a member of the Iowa Utilities Board, she voted in June 2016 alongside Nick Wagner in favor and against Chairwoman Geri Huser to allow the controversial construction of the Bakken pipeline to continue.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Jacobs has won a number of awards which include:

  • West Des Moines Citizen of the Year (2008)
  • Drake University Outstanding Master of Public Administration Alumnus Award (2008)
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Business Leadership Award (2008),
  • Iowa Grocers Association Legislative Leadership Award (2005)
  • Des Moines Business Record Woman of Influence (2001)[1]


Jacobs is married to her husband Steve and together they have two daughters. They reside in West Des Moines.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Elizabeth (Libby) S. Jacobs, Chair". Iowa Utilities Board. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ William Petrowski (6 June 2016). "Despite critics, Bakken pipeline gets go-ahead in Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dorothy F. Carpenter
74th District
1995 – 2003
Succeeded by
Mark Davitt
Preceded by
Lance Horbach
60th District
2003 – 2009
Succeeded by
Peter Cownie