Ross Wilburn of Ames was officially sworn in to the Iowa House of Representatives by fellow Ames State Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell on Friday afternoon in a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

“I’m honored and humbled to be the next State Representative from Story County.  I’ve spent the last two months knocking doors and listening to the people of District 46.  I’m excited to get started to continue reaching out and listening to my constituents this fall until session begins in January,” said Rep. Wilburn.

A longtime social worker, Wilburn has dedicated his life to service. Upon graduating high school, Wilburn joined up with the Iowa Army National Guard and would work one weekend a month while in college. Wilburn currently serves as a diversity officer and associate director for community economic development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In 2018, Wilburn ran for the Democratic Nomination for governor on a platform of strengthening mental health care resources across Iowa. Wilburn has also served as a city council member and mayor of Iowa City.

“I’m going to work together with my colleagues on issues important to the people of Story County, including accessible healthcare; great public schools; affordable higher education; and creating good-paying green jobs that help both families and our environment,” added Wilburn.

Wilburn was elected during a special election that was held in August, following the resignation of Story County Supervisor Lisa Heddens. House District 46 includes north Ames and the western parts of Story County.

“I’m looking forward to serving our community in a new capacity. Before session begins in January, I’ll continue meeting more people in my district and learning about their issues and priorities,” said Rep. Wilburn.