Representative Cindy Winckler announced today that she will run for re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives. Winckler, an eight term Democrat, is running for House District 90. The district includes the southern portion of Davenport, and all of Buffalo.
Winckler has been a tireless advocate for education and is recognized as one of the experts in education funding at the Capitol. Winckler noted that a continuing challenge is setting timely and adequate funding for school districts. It is important to give districts the ability to plan for a predictable and sustainable funding stream.
Cindy has also been on many of the mental health interim committees as the system transitioned from the county to the region.
Cindy taught at North High School and in small and large school districts in Iowa. She retired as a Quality Learning Consultant with Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, working with teachers, administrators, and school districts to plan and implement student achievement initiatives.
Winckler is currently a Ranking Member of the Education Appropriations subcommittee and serves on the Education, Human Resources and State Government committees. Previously, she served as the Chair of the Education Budget Subcommittee and on the Appropriations, Environmental Protection, Judiciary, Local Government, and Labor Committees.
Public service has been a part of her family background. Her dad owned the snack bar at the Scott County Court House, through an agreement with the county and the Disabled Veterans’ organization. Her mother was a long-time deputy city clerk and city alderman.
Winckler is a graduate of West High School in Davenport. She earned a BSE in Home Economics from Northeast Missouri State University and her master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Iowa.
Cindy and her husband, Joe, have been married since 1973. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. Cindy has been a member of Business and Professional Women for many years, and served as national president of that organization in 1994-95. She gained her passion for issues relating to civil rights, workplace equity, access to quality education and assuring that quality healthcare is available to everyone through the legislative initiatives of this bipartisan organization.
Cindy serves as a member on the Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, a member of the Davenport Schools Network for Community and School Partnerships, a member of Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa Board, and a member of the College of Education Advisory Board for the University of Northern Iowa.