Pam Jochum

Born:September 26, 1954 (age 69)
Career:Iowa Senate, 2009-present
Iowa House of Representatives, 1993-2009
Education:AA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Pam Jochum is among the top ranking senators currently serving in the Iowa state Legislature. She is a member of the Democratic Party and represents the people of Dubuque.

Jochum was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2008 and was re-elected to her second term in 2012 after serving in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993-2009. Before serving as a state legislator, Jochum earned her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in speech communication from Loras College in Dubuque. Prior to being elected, she worked at Loras College in a variety of capacities and served as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Community College.

In November 2012, Jochum was nominated by state Sen.Liz Mathis and chosen by fellow senators to serve as president of the state Senate, becoming the second woman in Iowa to hold this position. From 2013 to 2015,she served previously as the vice chair and now as the chair of the Rules and Administration Subcommittee and also as the vice chair of the State Government Committee. Jochum also is serving on three other committees: Human Resources, Ways and Means,and Administrative Rules Review. She began serving on the Administrative Rules Review Committee and Human Resources Committee in 2011 and the Ways and Means Committee in 2009.

Prior to being nominated and elected as president of the Iowa Senate, Jochum served in other leadership roles such as vice chair of both the Labor and Business Relations Committee and Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.