State Senator Joe Bolkcom is currently serving his sixth term in the Iowa Senate. He represents Iowa City, University Heights, East Lucas Township and Hills. He previously served for six years on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
State Senator Joe Bolkcom is an Assistant Leader and Ranking Member on the Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Commerce, Human Resources, Rules & Administration, and Ways & Means committees, as well as the Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.
Previously, Joe worked at the Johnson County Public Health Department, addressing the county’s leading heath issues, including youth access to tobacco products and environmental health concerns.
Joe helped establish and direct two senior citizen advocacy organizations, fighting for lower health care costs for Iowa and Illinois' elderly population. He has also been active in state and local environmental protection efforts. Joe works as the Outreach & Community Education Director at the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and at the Iowa Flood Center.
Senator Bolkcom lives in Iowa City. His hobbies include running, cycling, cooking, and gardening. Senator Bolkcom graduated from Saint Ambrose University and earned a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa.