Meet Our Members – Mary Ann Hanusa


Representative Mary Ann Hanusa just finished serving her third term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 16th District, which includes Council Bluffs.

Rep. Hanusa is the Chairwoman of the Economic Growth committee, and also serves on the Education, Labor, and Transportation committees, as well as the Economic Development budget subcommittee.

Mary Ann was born and raised in Council Bluffs. She received her K-12 education in Council Bluffs, and attended Concordia Teachers College where she earned a degree in education with majors in history and political science. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning her master’s degree in American History.

She has served as president of the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and chaired the fund-raising effort to create the museum in the then-vacant Carnegie Library Building.

Mary Ann also was an area representative for Senator Grassley before taking a position in the administration of President George W. Bush. She worked in Washington D.C., as Director of the Office of Presidential Personal Correspondence. In 2006, Mary Ann resigned her position when she was nominated to run for Iowa Secretary of State. She has chaired the Pottawattamie County Republicans and served on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

Currently, Mary Ann works as the school administrative manager for the Council Bluffs Community School District. She is also a co-owner of Hanusa Hardware and Rental in Council Bluffs.

Mary Ann and her husband, Charles Johnson, were married in 2006. She is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs.

To contact Mary Ann, you can email her at