State Sen. Zach Wahls of Coralville was elected Sunday as the new Iowa Senate Democratic leader.
Wahls replaces Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines, who announced last week she would not seek re-election. Democrats made no gains in the Iowa Senate in the Nov. 3 election and Republicans kept their 32-18 majority.
“Senate Democrats will be focused on defeating the coronavirus with decisive action supporting essential workers, protecting Iowa families, and assisting small businesses,” Wahls said in a news release. “The impact of this pandemic on Iowa’s economy, public health, and especially our senior citizens, cannot be overstated. We must get our state back on a path to complete economic recovery.”
Wahls was elected in 2018 to serve Senate District 37, including Coralville, western Iowa City and Solon in Johnson County; all of Cedar County; and Wilton in Muscatine County.
He works as a vice president at GreenState Credit Union. Wahls and his fiancée, Chloe Angyal, live in Coralville.
Other Senate Democratic leaders elected were Amanda Ragan of Mason City as Democratic whip and five assistant leaders:
- Nate Boulton of Des Moines,
- Bill Dotzler of Waterloo
- Pam Jochum of Dubuque
- Herman Quirmbach of Ames
- Jackie Smith of Sioux City