After graduating from Albia Community High School in 1996, Joe attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s degree in Social Studies Education and a Master’s degree in School Administration. In 2004, Joe returned to Albia to begin a teaching career at the same school where he was a student himself. Today he is teaching Government and World History while also serving as head coach for the boys tennis program. He also serves as an after-school teacher and has been the sponsor of the high school drama program. Joe is a member of the Iowa State Education Association and the Albia Community Education Association, where he serves on the School District’s Labor Management Committee as Chief Negotiator.
A fifth generation southern Iowan, Joe is deeply rooted. He chose to come home and to teach in southern Iowa because he believes that kids from all of the small communities across southern Iowa deserve the same high quality education that kids in large metropolitan schools receive.
Public service is a value deeply ingrained in Joe. His mother, Patty Judge, has had a long elected career including serving as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture and Lieutenant Governor. His father, John, served in the Iowa Senate. Two of Joe’s great-grandfathers served together on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors during the building of the county courthouse. Joe learned early about public service and the need to support the hometown.
He also learned early to speak up for his southern Iowa friends and neighbors on a state and national level. In both 2000 and 2008, Joe was elected to be a delegate as Democratic National Convention. In 2002, he was elected to the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee and reelected in 2004. Joe served as the chair of the Third District Democratic Central Committee and as Monroe County chair. On December 15, 2008, as a member of the United States Electoral College, Joe Judge had the privilege of casting one of Iowa’s seven electoral votes for President Obama. With this extensive political experience, Joe is ready to serve and contribute new ideas for our hometowns, our families, and our future.