State Representative Mary Gaskill announced today she will seek re-election to the Iowa House in District 81, which includes Ottumwa, Agency, Eldon, and the townships of Center, Competine, Dahlonega, Green, Keokuk, Pleasant, and Washington.

“It’s a great honor to serve in the Iowa House and I’ll keep working hard to improve the lives of families in Wapello County. While I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, there’s more work to do to create new jobs, raise wages, and keep health care both affordable and accessible in our community,” said Gaskill.

Prior to her time in the Iowa House, Mary served as the Wapello County Auditor. Mary is the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.  She also serves on the Economic Growth, Local Government, Ways and Means, and the Economic Development Budget Appropriations Sub-Committees. Mary is also a member of the Commission on Aging, Iowa Workforce Ex-Offender Reentry Committee, and a Board Member of the Iowa Finance Authority.

“My top priority is listening to the people of Wapello County.  Working together, we can build a community where our children
want to stay and start their own families.  That means affordable housing and child care; world-class schools; and an opportunity for everyone in our community to get additional training or education after high school,” added Gaskill.

Mary is the widow of Jim, a retired Iowa State Trooper. She is currently involved in the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a member of the St. Mary of the Visitation Church, and a member of Catholic Daughters of America. Mary is also the mother of four children, who all still live in Iowa, and the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.