In the heart of the Czech Village, State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt of Cedar Rapids took the oath of office on Wednesday to serve the people of District 33 in the Iowa House of Representatives. The 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature opens on Monday, January 11.”I’m deeply humbled by the support and trust from the people of the Cedar Rapids. As state representative, my top priority is to help our community rebuild from the floods of 2008 and create good-paying jobs for middle class families,” said Running-Marquardt, who grew up and is raising her family in Cedar Rapids.

Running-Marquardt was sworn-in by State Senator Bob Dvorsky, who serves Linn and Johnson Counties. She was elected on November 24th in a special election to replace Dick Taylor, who resigned the post.

“I look forward to being a strong voice in the Iowa House for the people of Cedar Rapids. I will listen to my constituents and work together to build a bright future for Cedar Rapids,” said Running-Marquardt.

Kirsten was born and raised on the west side of Cedar Rapids. She attended Kirkwood Community College and graduated from the University of Iowa. After working for quality, affordable health care as Director of Iowa for Health Care, Running-Marquardt became district representative for Congressman David Loebsack.

Running-Marquardt, 32, is married to Coy Marquardt and they have one son, Jack.

To contact Kirsten, log on to send an email at kirsten.running-marquardt@legis.state.ia.us or call her at 319-330-9899 (cell), or 319-892-3008 (home).