House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) released the following statement today upon learning of the passing of his friend, mentor, and colleague, Mary Lundby.
“Sen. Mary Lundby was a strong voice, a compassionate public servant and a dedicated Iowan who will be greatly missed,” said Paulsen. “Mary’s frank candor earned her allies on both sides of the aisle and her take-charge attitude gained her respect from all over Iowa. Today we are all saddened by the loss of our good friend.”
Lundby, who served four terms in the Iowa House, was the first woman elected as the Speaker Pro-Tem in Iowa history. She played an instrumental role in the 1992 elections which landed Republicans back in the majority. Lundby went on to serve Linn County in the Iowa Senate where she was elected the Republican leader.