preferredState Representative Jo Oldson of Des Moines announced today that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in House District 41, which includes western and southern parts of Des Moines.

Oldson is currently serving her sixth term in the Iowa House. She serves as Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Committee, and also on the Commerce and Judiciary Committees.

Oldson and her husband, Brice Oakley, live in Des Moines.  She graduated from Eagle Grove Community High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from Drake University.  She worked for 10 years in the financial services industry.  Following that, she worked for eight years in the office of the Insurance Commissioner, eventually serving as the First Deputy Insurance Commissioner.  Oldson then served as policy advisor to Governor Tom Vilsack.

She served for 10 years on the Young Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors, and is currently serving on the board for the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.  She has been engaged in fundraising for United Way, is an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church, and has worked with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. Jo regularly volunteers at Greenwood Elementary.