Mary is currently serving her 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives.  She serves on the Human Resources, Judiciary, Public Safety, Transportation and Justice Systems Appropriations subcommittee.

Mary Wolfe was born in 1963 in Washington DC. Her father, John, grew up on a farm in Lost Nation. Her mother Pierrette’s family emigrated from Switzerland when she was young and she grew up in NYC. The two met while working on JFK’s presidential campaign when they were both students at Georgetown University.

The family moved to Iowa in 1966. John practiced law in Davenport for a time and then served on Governor Hughes’s staff in Des Moines for year before being hired by Model Cities program. In 1976 he became a public defender in Clinton. Mary and her seven younger siblings attended North Catholic Elementary School and Mater Dei High School.

Mary received her Bachelors in English from the University of Iowa in 1989. In the Spring of 1992, Mary graduated from U of IA law school, passed the bar exam, and returned to Clinton to work with her father at his firm.  Mary’s son John, was born in 1994.  John attended Prince of Peace for elementary school and is currently a sophomore at Clinton High School.

Mary is a former board member of the IAJ’s criminal defense section, from its inception in 2004 through Fall of 2009.  Her firm in Clinton handles primarily family law, criminal defense, and Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Mary was granted targeted small business status last Fall.  She is a board member of the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Council.

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