State Representative Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights was elected to be the new Iowa House Minority Leader on Monday evening. Rep. Konfrst was the House Minority Whip during the 2021 legislative session and was elected to the top leadership post after Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City stepped down last month.
“I’m honored to earn the trust of my colleagues to lead our fight to ensure Iowans’ voices are heard and truly represented in Des Moines,” said Konfrst. “I love my home state, and I believe the legislature must do better for all Iowans. For too long, Republicans have put the needs of special interests ahead of Iowans’ needs. It’s time for a change in the Iowa House, and I’m ready to get to work.”
Rep. Konfrst is the first woman to lead the Iowa House Democrats and leads the only majority-female caucus at the State Capitol. Currently serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House, she is an associate professor in Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and worked for 12 years at Iowa PBS. She has also provided strategic communications counsel to nonprofit, state, and corporate organizations during her career. She lives in Windsor Heights with her husband, Lee, and two children who are both in college.
The 2022 Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 10.
State Representative Jennifer Konfrst
Iowa House Democratic Leader
Rep. Jennifer Konfrst is serving her second term representing the people of Iowa House District 43, which includes Windsor Heights, Clive, and West Des Moines. In addition to serving as the Minority Whip during the 2021 session, Konfrst has served on the Appropriations, Judiciary, State Government, Transportation, and House Administration and Rules Committees.
In addition to serving in the Iowa House, Konfrst is currently an Associate Professor in Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Before teaching at Drake, Jennifer spent 12 years in communications leadership at Iowa Public Television (IPTV). While there, she was responsible for strategy and implementation of communications for the network. She also served as the spokesperson for IPTV, on-air host during fundraising drives, and worked on special programs during the Iowa State Fair.
In 2018, Jennifer received the Madeline Levitt Mentor of the Year Award at Drake University. She has also been recognized as a finalist for the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa’s Inspiring Women of Iowa Courage Award and as Outstanding New Member from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Central Iowa Chapter in 2014, as a member of the Des Moines Business Record’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2010, and as national PBS Communicator of the Year in 2007.
Jennifer has lived in Iowa most of her life. After living in northern Iowa and then out of state for a short time as a child, she returned to Iowa and graduated from Johnston High School in 1992. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Drake University, and her husband Lee earned his undergraduate and law degrees there.
Konfrst lives in Windsor Heights with her husband of 25 years, Lee Konfrst, and her two children: Ellie is a senior at the University of Notre Dame and James is a sophomore at the University of Iowa. Lee is an attorney and works at Nationwide in Des Moines. They are members of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines,
Konfrst has always been an active member of the community. She has served as President of the Plymouth Nursery School Board, President of the Downtown School PTA, Mock Trial coach at Merrill Middle School, and was a member of the PTA and a debate team parent volunteer at Roosevelt High School.