Ross Wilburn of Ames won election to the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday night in Story County. The special election was called after former State Representative Lisa Heddens of Ames resigned to take a seat on the Story County Board of Supervisors in June.
“I’m honored and humbled to be the next State Representative from Story County. I’ve spent the last two months knocking doors and listening to the people of District 46. I’ll continue reaching out and listening to my constituents this fall until session begins in January,” said Rep.-elect Wilburn, a Democrat.
A longtime social worker, Wilburn has dedicated his life to service. Upon graduating high school, Wilburn joined up with the Iowa Army National Guard and would work one weekend a month while in college. Wilburn currently serves as a diversity officer and associate director for community economic development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In 2018, Wilburn ran for the Democratic Nomination for governor on a platform of strengthening mental health care resources across Iowa. Wilburn has also served as a city council member and mayor of Iowa City.
“We’re excited to have Ross join the House Democratic Caucus. His experience as a former mayor, social worker, and member of the Iowa National Guard will be a great addition to the Iowa House,” said Rep. Jo Oldson, Iowa House Democratic Whip. “We look forward to working with Ross on the issues that are important to the people of Story County, including accessible healthcare; great public schools; affordable higher education; and creating good-paying green jobs that help both families and our environment.”
House District 46 includes north Ames and the western parts of Story County. Wilburn will official be sworn in to office later this month.