Iowa House District 53
Sharon Steckman is serving her 5th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She holds the position of Ranking Member on the Education Committee. She also serves on the Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and State Government Standing Committees as well as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee. In years past, she has also served on Appropriations, Human Resources, Economic Growth, and Labor committees and as Vice-Chair of Education Appropriations and as both Assistant Minority and Majority Leaders.
She is currently serving on Advisory Council for RSVP of North Central Iowa, the Iowa Commission for MHEC (Midwest Higher Education Compact), the state iJAG Board, and also on the local boards for Francis Lauer Services, and Una Vocis. She served on the Interim Legislative Tax Expenditure Commission, and was a founding member of the State of Iowa STEM Council.
Born in Chicago, Sharon is a 42 year resident of Mason City. Before moving to Mason City Sharon lived in Marion, Iowa where she served on the Marion Planning and Zoning Commission and was President of the Cedar Rapids Welcome Wagon Club.
While living in Mason City, Sharon decided to complete the degree she had started at Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. To accomplish this, she began a two-year, three-day a week commute to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She graduated in 1980 with honors and was the first in the education department at ISU to student teach in Mason City. She achieved this by working out an agreement with ISU and the University of Northern Iowa.
Sharon worked for the Mason City Community School District, teaching second, fourth, and fifth grades and working as a Title I reading specialist. While teaching for the Mason City School District, she went on to earn her Master’s degree in education and reading endorsement from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
She was a member of the Mason City Education Association, serving as president. She also served on numerous curriculum committees, helped develop the Substance Abuse Action Plan for the district, was a member of the Superintendent’s Certified Advisory Council, and coached the Mason City High School Drill Team. During her tenure in Mason City she took a leave of absence from the district to teach overseas in Portugal, returning to Mason City to finish her career.
While her children were growing up in Mason City, Sharon served on the boards of the Mason City Youth Hockey (the years during which the arena was built) and the Youth Swim Club, while also doing volunteer work for Opportunity Village.
After retiring from teaching, Sharon decided to continue exercising her passion for education and community affairs by running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Sharon and Alan, her husband of 24 years, have four children and eight grandchildren. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.