|Born:||October 19, 1957 (age 61)|
|Career:||Mayor pro tempore of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2008-2015|
Cedar Rapids City Council, 2007-2015
|Education:||B.A. and M.B.A., University of Iowa|
Monica Vernon is a former member of the Cedar Rapids City Council and former mayor pro tempore of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was a candidate for U.S. Congress for Iowa's 1st congressional district in the 2016 election, but lost to the incumbent in the general election. In March 2017, she announced her candidacy for mayor of Cedar Rapids.
Vernon was born October 19, 1957. She received a B.A. in journalism with a business emphasis from the University of Iowa in 1980 and her M.B.A. from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in 1999. After college, she worked in public relations, as a reporter for The Gazette (Cedar Rapids) and as a market research consultant. She was also as an adjunct professor for six years at the Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. In 1987, she founded the Vernon Research Group, a market research firm that served business and industry, government, education, healthcare, and non-profits, and was president and CEO until the firm was purchased by The Gazette Co in 2013.
Vernon was elected to the Cedar Rapids City Council in 2007. In 2009, she changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. In 2014, Vernon ran for Congress in Iowa's 1st Congressional District for the seat vacated by Representative Bruce Braley, but came in second behind former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy in a five-way primary. After the primary, Vernon joined Jack Hatch on the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial ticket as the candidate for lieutenant governor. Hatch and Vernon lost to five-term Republican incumbent Terry Branstad.