Representative Phyllis Thede

House District 93


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Phyllis Thede was honored to begin her first term in the Iowa House on January 12, 2009. She is now serving in her 6th General Assembly in the Iowa House of Representatives.  Her constituents are citizens of the Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa.

Phyllis currently serves on the following House Committees:

  • Administration and Rules (Ranking Member)
  • Appropriations
  • Local Government
  • Natural Resources
  • Public Safety

Phyllis and her husband Dave make their home in Bettendorf, Iowa. Phyllis and Dave resided in Davenport from 1980 to 2004, before moving to Bettendorf.

Phyllis and Dave are proud parents of three successful daughters and a son in-law, who is ex-military.   They are doting grandparents to grandson Jonathan, grand-daughters Stella and Catherine, and step-grandson Jake.

Phyllis was born in Chicago, Illinois.  Later, the family would move to Creston, Iowa, which is located in the southern part of Iowa, and is the home of Southwestern Community College.   Phyllis and Dave were both attending Southwestern, when they met and fell in love.  They were married in 1974.  The couple moved to LeMars, Iowa where they both attended Westmar College.  In 1976 Dave graduated and Phyllis’ career in education began.

Phyllis began her work in 1980 as a para-educator with Davenport Community Schools. In the early years, she worked in the library; however, since 2001 she has served as the secretary in the Media Center at North High School. Phyllis worked as an attendance secretary at Williams Intermediate in Davenport before retiring in June of 2016.

Phyllis has also served as her union’s president and vice president; as a contract negotiator, as well as a grievance chair. She has been on many committees in the district; including the superintendent search committee as well as serving on the state Minority Action Committee.

Phyllis currently works with QC United, an organization working with youth and raising money for scholarships at a college of their choice; Women of Color, which is a mentoring program for youth; AAUW; and Iowa Women United, which strives to increase civility in politics.

Additional Committees which Phyllis currently serves on are:

  • Iowa Human Rights Board
  • Iowa Prayer Caucus (Co-Chair and Co-Founder, 2012)
  • Equity Committee regarding Davenport School
  • President Elect AAUW
  • Women of Color
  • Women United


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