Phyllis Thede began her legislative service to the constituents of the Quad-City area on January 12, 2009. Phyllis is currently serving her seventh consecutive term in the Iowa House. She has served on many committees, but currently serves on the following committees, Administration and Rules (Ranking Member), Appropriations, Local Government, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriation Subcommittee.
Phyllis lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband, Dave. The Thedes have three successful daughters: Acacia, Robin, and Mackenzie. They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren. The Thede family have called the Quad Cities area home since 1980. Fourteen years ago, the Thede family moved to Bettendorf.
Phyllis was born in Chicago, but later the family would move to Creston, Iowa. Phyllis would attend Southwestern Community College also in Creston, Iowa. Dave and Phyllis met on the Southwestern campus, and were married in 1974. Phyllis then attended Westmar College until Dave graduated in 1976; Phyllis left to begin a career in education.
In 1980, Phyllis began working, as a para-educator, with the Davenport Community Schools. For a time, Phyllis worked in the library and later as the secretary in the Media Center at North High School. Phyllis retired from the position of attendance secretary for Williams Intermediate School, Davenport, Iowa in 2016.
Phyllis has served as her union’s president and vice president, a contract negotiator, and a grievance chair. Phyllis has served on many committees in the district, including the superintendent search committee. In addition Phyllis served on the state Minority Action Committee, which is an organization that brings all minority youth together in the autumn to perform artistic activities.
Phyllis served as second vice-chair for the Iowa Democratic Party from 2009-2011.