Sharon Steckman is serving her 3rd term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She is the Ranking Member on the House Education Standing Committee. She also serves on the Environmental Protection, and State Government Standing Committees and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
She is currently serving on Advisory Council for RSVP of North Central Iowa, the Governor’s STEM (Science, technology, Engineering & Math) Council, the Iowa Commission for MHEC (Midwest Higher Education Compact), and the Board of Directors for Una Vocis (One Voice) in Mason City. She also served on the Interim Legislative Tax Expenditure Commission. Also, serves on Board of Directors for iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) and Francis Lauer Youth Services in Mason City.
Sharon is a longtime resident of Mason City. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Arizona, Colorado, and Nebraska. As an adult, before choosing to settle in Mason City, she lived in Ithaca, New York; Detroit, Michigan and Marion, Iowa. In Marion she was a member of the Marion Planning and Zoning Commission. Mason City has been her home since 1976.
While living in Mason City, Sharon decided to complete working for the degree she had started at Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. To accomplish this, she began a two-year, three-day a week commute to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She graduated in 1980 with honors and was the first in the education department at ISU to student teach in Mason City. She achieved this by working out an agreement with ISU and the University of Northern Iowa.
In 1980, Sharon began working for the Mason City Community School District, teaching second grade, fourth grade and fifth grade and working as a Title I reading specialist. While teaching for the Mason City School District, she went on to earn her master’s degree in education and reading endorsement from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She was a member of the Mason City Education Association, serving as president and later, seven years as chief negotiator. During her tenure in Mason City she took a leave of absence from the district to teach overseas in Portugal.
After retiring from teaching, Sharon decided to continue her passion for education and community affairs by running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives in 2008. She took her seat in January, 2009, serving on the Education, Economic Growth, Human Resources, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees. She also served as Vice-Chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
At the beginning of the second year of her first term, she was elected to the position of Assistant Majority Leader and continued in that position when she gave up her caucus leadership role to take on the duties of Ranking Member of the Education Committee.
Sharon and Alan, her husband of 20 years, have four children and eight grandchildren. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and serves on the Trinity God Squad, a group dedicated to visiting the homebound.
House District 53 includes Mason City, Rockwell