Mary Gaskill is serving her fourth term in the Iowa House. She serves as Chair of the Local Government committee and serves on the Environmental Protection and State Government and Transportation Committees as well as the Administration and Regulation Budget Subcommittee.
Mary grew up on a small family farm in Northwest Missouri. She is the daughter of Andrew and Lucile Meyer, Mary moved to Iowa in 1962 and has lived in Ottumwa since 1966.
After graduation from high school in 1959, Mary attended Business School at Gard University in St. Joseph, Missouri. In addition to her State Representative service Mary enjoys doing community volunteer work in Ottumwa. Previously, Mary completed twenty-two years of dedicated service to Wapello County, sixteen as County Auditor and six as clerk to the County Auditor.
Mary and her husband, Jim, reside in Ottumwa. Jim is a retired Iowa State Trooper. They have four children all living in Iowa. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.
Mary seeks to represent the hard working families of her district. She believes that farmers and small business owners are the backbone of Iowa’s economy and, therefore, advocates that we do all that we can to enable them to prosper. Moreover, she feels that her experience growing up, working on a farm, provides her with a firm understanding of agricultural issues and her husband was previously a small business owner.
Mary is concerned about the future of our schools. Education from preschool to graduate school must remain a priority. We are opening up access to quality preschool to more children, helping keep good teachers in the classrooms and improving discipline in our schools. We must continue these efforts, and improve upon them.
Iowans are also worried about healthcare. Although a national solution would be ideal, Iowa has made progress in covering more uninsured Iowans, especially children. We must continue this progress, making sure that all children have access to healthcare. We need to train students and workers for the jobs of the future so that we can attract new business to our state. And we must preserve our natural resources and provide a clean environment to live in, especially water and air.
She likes being able to help constituents with problem solving and is looking forward to a fourth term at the State House. Mary has a lot of political experience, having previously run for State Representative four times and four campaigns for County Auditor. In addition, she has served on the County/City Jail Planning Committee, worked on the Local Option Sales Tax Committee, and actively participated in Planning Meetings for the City of Ottumwa, and is a past chair of the Wapello County Democrats.