Susan Judkins of Clive announced that she will run for the Iowa House in the new District 43 seat, which includes Polk County sections of Clive, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines. Judkins has spent her professional career promoting economic opportunity for Iowans and communities. She currently works as a community development specialist with MSA Professional Services, an engineering and consulting firm with offices in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Judkins recently served as Intergovernmental Affairs Director for the Rebuild Iowa Office, promoting policies to assist in rebuilding from the weather disasters of 2008. She previously helped to finance community projects as Vice President of Piper Jaffray, advocated for the Iowa League of Cities, launched the Vision Iowa program with the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and was Executive Director of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation.
“I’ve spent my career working to improve Iowa’s economy and build strong communities, from my home town of Vinton where my family owns a small business to Iowa’s capital,” said Judkins, a Democrat. “I’ve worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle and I will be a moderate voice in the Iowa House working to build consensus on the important issues our state faces today.”
Judkins has been a leader in numerous community organizations, including current board service with the Iowa International Center, Center on Sustainable Communities, StageWest Theater and the Riverfront YMCA. She has promoted education and leadership development for youth and adults through service on the Indianola School Board, chairing the Leadership Iowa Board of Governors, founding the Warren County Leadership Institute, and teaching Junior Achievement. She is active in the Rotary Club of Des Moines and is a member of First United Methodist Church of Des Moines. She has a BA in Business Management from Simpson College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Judkins is married to Bob Josten, an attorney at Dorsey & Whitney. Adult children include Erin, a medical doctor; Whitney, an attorney; and Jennifer, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University.