Jerry Kearns is a retired staff representative for the United Steelworkers International Union. Prior to that position, he was employed for 38 years by Henniges Automotive (formerly Metzler) in Keokuk as an industrial electrician. He served 20 years as president of the local union at that facility. Jerry also served on the Lee County Board of Supervisors for 18 years, beginning in 1983.
Jerry is serving his 5th term in the Iowa House. Jerry is the Ranking Member of the Veterans Affairs committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Labor, Ethics, Ways and Means Committees as well as the Justice Systems Appropriations subcommittee.
Jerry graduated from Wyaconda High School in Missouri in 1962. He attended Southeast Iowa Community College and graduated from a four-year electrician apprenticeship. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969.
Jerry is married to Diane, current clerk to Representative Kearns. The couple has two sons: Christopher, of Montrose; and Aaron, of Quincy, Ill. They also have seven grandchildren.
Jerry is a member of the American Legion, the Elks Club, the University of Iowa Labor Advisory Board, the Lee County Democratic Party and the Iowa Democratic Party. He is a delegate to the Lee County Labor Council. Jerry was appointed to the Vision Iowa Board by Gov. Tom Vilsack. He was also appointed as co-chair of the Lee County Labor-Management Committee and to the Lee County Jail Expansion Committee.
Jerry is a member of Keokuk’s Trinity United Methodist Church. He volunteers with the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign and with AFL-CIO Community Services and food drives.