House District 81
2343 Hawthorne Ct
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Phyllis Thede, on January 12, 2009, was honored to begin serving her first term in the Iowa House. She is currently serving her second term. Phyllis represents the families of Bettendorf/Davenport, Iowa. She is a Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee and, serves on the Committees of Environmental Protection, Local Government, Natural Resources, and Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee.
Phyllis lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband, Dave. The Thede’s have three successful daughters: Acacia, Robin, and Mackenzie. They are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. The Thede’s have called Davenport home since 1980. Seven years ago, the Thede’s moved to Bettendorf.
Phyllis was born in Chicago. Later, the family moved to Creston, Iowa, where Phyllis attended Southwestern Community College. Dave and Phyllis met on the Southwestern campus, and were married in 1974. Phyllis then attended Westmar College until Dave graduated in 1976; Phyllis left to begin a career in education.
In 1980, Phyllis began working, as a para-educator, with the Davenport Community Schools. For a time, Phyllis worked in the library and later as the secretary in the Media Center at North High School. Currently, Phyllis is the attendance secretary for Williams Intermediate School, located in Davenport.
Phyllis has served as her union’s president and vice president, a contract negotiator, and a grievance chair. Phyllis has served on many committees in the district, including the superintendent search committee. In addition Phyllis served on the state Minority Action Committee, which is an organization that brings all minority youth together in the autumn to perform artistic activities.