Herman Quirmbach was elected in 2010 to his third term in the Iowa Senate. He represents Ames and surrounding areas.
Senator Quirmbach is the chair of the Education Committee. He also serves on the Human Resources, Judiciary, Local Government, Ways & Means committees and Education Budget Subcommittee. In addition, he represents the Senate on the College Student Aid Commission and on the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Commission.
Herman is active in the Ames Kiwanis Club, Ames Patriotic Council, Ames League of Women Voters, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Story and Boone County Democratic Parties, and Madrid Action Committee. He has also served as co-chair of the Ames Veterans Memorial Committee.
In 2010, Herman was awarded the Iowa League of Cities’ Legislative Service Award for his efforts to help local governments provide high-quality, efficient services. He served on the Ames City Council from 1995 through 2003 and was Ames Mayor Pro Tem in 2002. He has been a member of the Story County REAP Committee, the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, and the Ames Utility Retirement Board.
Herman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with honors from Harvard University in 1972 and Masters (1980) and PhD (1983) degrees in Economics from Princeton University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University.