Patty Judge

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Patty Judge
Patty Judge.jpg
46th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
In office
January 12, 2007 – January 14, 2011
Governor Chet Culver
Preceded by Sally Pederson
Succeeded by Kim Reynolds
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
In office
Preceded by Dale Cochran
Succeeded by Bill Northey
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 46th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1943-11-02) November 2, 1943 (age 72)
Fort Madison, Iowa
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) John Judge
Profession Nurse
Religion Catholic

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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

In 2011 Judge's son Joe announced his intent to be the second generation of the family to serve in Iowa government by running for the Iowa House of Representatives in the 80th district in 2012.[3]

Political career[edit]

Iowa State Senate[edit]

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.[2][4]

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture[edit]

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[edit]

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.[5]

Co-Chair of America's Renewable Future[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Iowa Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names". Retrieved 2015-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "The Iowa Legislature". Legislators All Years – Patty Judge. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dale Cochran
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Bill Northey
Preceded by
Sally Pederson
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Succeeded by
Kim Reynolds