Fall Fundraiser 2013
Dubuque County Democrats had their third fall fundraiser on Sunday 22 September 2013 at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta. State senator and nonprofit executive Liz Mathis spoke on the topic “the State of our State as seen by a Second-Year Senator”.
Read more about Liz Mathis below.
Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Rumann Mathis was born on a farm in rural DeWitt, Iowa. Her mother, Mary Eleanor Rumann, was a schoolteacher and nurse who served in World War II. Her father, James Edward Rumann, was a farmer and school board member who also served in the war. She is married to Mark Mathis III, a former KWWL executive and co-founder of the Cedar Falls advertising agency ME&V. They have two children, Mark IV and Mary Fran.
Mathis received a Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Communication and Theatre Arts (B.A.J.) in 1980 from the University of Iowa, where she double-majored in broadcasting and film and in journalism. While a college student, she detasseled corn and worked weekends as a production assistant at WMT-TV (now KGAN). After graduating, Mathis joined KWWL as a reporter and anchor in their newly opened Cedar Rapids bureau. Soon after joining the station, she moved to Waterloo to become an evening co-anchor alongside Ron Steele at the age of 23, making her the first female anchor of the evening news in Iowa. Mathis’s sixteen-year span with KWWL involved working in a variety of newsroom positions including; reporter, photographer, producer, field producer, executive producer of newsroom management), travel to three national political conventions and international reporting.
From 1996 to 1998, she was McElroy Chair of Communication Arts at Wartburg College. Mathis remains a member of the Wartburg Board of Regents. She then moved to KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she anchored two daily newscasts and spoke at more than 50 public events annually. Mathis also developed and organized a paid college internship program which trained 120 college interns over eight years and was part of a ten-person team which created convergence journalism standards for Gazette Communications. In July 2007, she retired from broadcasting to become Vice President for Community Relations at Horizons Family Service Alliance, a non-profit counseling and assistance agency in Cedar Rapids. Since 2008, Mathis has been Chief Information Officer for Four Oaks, a child welfare and juvenile justice agency. She also has taught at The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she currently serves on the advisory board.
Mathis was nominated in September 2011 at a convention of Linn County Democrats to run for the state senate seat vacated by Democrat Swati Dandekar. She won a November 2011 special election to the Iowa Senate representing the 18th district in suburban Linn County, and was re-elected to the redrawn 34th district the following year, representing the people of Marion, Robins, Bertram, Ely, Hiawatha and parts of Cedar Rapids. Mathis is Chair of the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on Appropriations, Economic Growth, Education, Human Resources, and Commerce standing committees. She is also a Legislative representative to the Governmental Public Health Advisory Council.
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