|46th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|
January 12, 2007 – January 14, 2011
|Preceded by||Sally Pederson|
|Succeeded by||Kim Reynolds|
|Iowa Secretary of Agriculture|
|Preceded by||Dale Cochran|
|Succeeded by||Bill Northey|
|Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 46th district
November 2, 1943 |
Fort Madison, Iowa
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Patty Jean Poole Judge (born November 2, 1943 in Fort Madison, Iowa) was the 46th Lieutenant Governor and previously, the Secretary of Agriculture for the U.S. State of Iowa. She was elected to the office in 2006 with Chet Culver as Governor, and unsuccessfully ran for re-election in 2010.
Early life, education and career
Secretary Judge graduated from Albia High School. She received a Registered Nursing degree from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing which merged in the 1960s to be part of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center. She also attended the University of Iowa. As a registered nurse Patty has worked in public health. She developed the first in-service education program and first utilization review program for the Monroe County Hospital. With her interest in economic development she was prompted to earn a real estate broker's license and set up a small business specializing in the selling and appraising of farms. During the farm crisis of the 1980s she was a mediator for the Iowa Farmer Creditor Mediation Service.
Judge is a lifelong resident of southern Iowa. She was born in Fort Madison, Iowa and raised in Albia, Iowa. She and her husband John have owned a cow-calf farm in Monroe County for thirty-five years. Her husband also served in the Iowa Senate. They have three sons and two grandchildren. She has been dedicated to community service, serving on the Albia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a 4-H leader, a member of PEO, an honorary FFA Chapter Farmer and a member of the Iowa State Fair Board.
Iowa State Senate
Secretary Judge was elected to the Iowa State Senate from Iowa's 46th District in 1992 and then re-elected in 1996. During her time in the Senate she served in the roles of Assistant Majority Leader and Assistant Minority Leader. She was the Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee. Other committees she served on were the Senate Natural Resources, Ways and Means, Appropriations, Small Business and Economic Development and Human Services.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Judge was first elected to the office of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 1998 and then re-elected in 2002. She holds the honor of being the first woman to serve as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Patty brought to the office a strong background in production agriculture, personnel management, finance, and the management of state government.
Iowa Lieutenant Governor
On February 15, 2006, Judge stepped down as a candidate for Governor of Iowa, announced her endorsement of Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver for the office, and became his running mate as Lt. Governor. On November 7, 2006, she was elected Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.
Culver and Judge lost in their bid for re-election in 2010.
Judge announced on December 30, 2012, that she declined to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014.
Co-Chair of America's Renewable Future
In 2015, Judge was appointed the Co-Chair of a new bi-partisan of a New PAC that's sole purpose is to make candidates visiting Iowa aware of the need of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Judge has long been seen as a champion of Agricultural issues and known for breaking barriers in being the first woman to serve as the Iowan Secretary of Agriculture. Judge has since met with many potential candidates to show them the importance of the RFS. Judge will continue to serve in this role throughout the 2016 Election Cycle.
- "Iowa Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names". Retrieved 2015-03-30.
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- Deffenbaugh, Greg (13 June 2012). "Judge wants to continue family tradition by serving in the state house". KTVO-TV via website. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "The Iowa Legislature". Legislators All Years – Patty Judge. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
- Jacobs, Jennifer (December 30, 2012). "Patty Judge says she won't run a second time with Chet Culver". Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge official Iowa government site
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship official Iowa government site
- Senator Patty Judge official Iowa Legislature site
- Chet Culver and Patty Judge official campaign site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions for Gov/Lt. Gov. at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
|Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
|Lieutenant Governor of Iowa