Senator Zach Wahls

Iowa FUTURE CAUCUS, CO-CHAIR (D) 

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Zach Wahls is the Democratic elect for Iowa Senate District 37. Wahls first gained national attention when his testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about growing up with gay parents went viral and became YouTube’s most-watched political video of 2011. He is an advocate for LGBTQ rights and co-founder and executive director of Scouts for Equality, the national organization which led the campaign to successfully end the Boy Scouts of America’s decades-old ban on gay people. He has spoken at 250+ events all over Iowa and across America, including a primetime speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention supporting President Obama.

Wahls is also the author of the bestselling book My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family. Recently, he and his sister created The Woman Cards, a deck of playing cards featuring 15 original, hand-drawn portraits of American women who changed the world.

A longtime resident of the senate district with deep community roots, Wahls is an Eagle Scout and an active member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Coralville. He is a graduate of Iowa City West High School and the University of Iowa, and will receive his master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in Spring 2018.