Linda Upmeyer – Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
Linda serves as the Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives and is the first woman in Iowa history to preside over the House chamber. Her father, Del Stromer, served as Speaker during the 69th General Assembly. Linda and her father are the first father and daughter pair in the nation to have both served as Speakers of the House.
Linda is serving her seventh term in the Iowa House, representing the North Iowa counties of Franklin, Cerro Gordo, and the northern and eastern parts of Butler. Linda resides in Clear Lake.
She grew up on a family farm before attending North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), the University of Iowa, and Drake University. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Linda has taken on several leadership roles in the past – she is a former trustee for NIACC, and a former board member of both the Iowa and National Association of Community College Trustees. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council, where she currently chairs the Center to Restore the Balance of Government. She served as the House Republican Whip in 2008 and was the first woman to serve as House Majority Leader from 2010 until 2015 when she became Speaker.