Liz Mathis of Hiawatha was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011. She represents the people of Robins, Marion, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Bertram, Ely, and southern Linn County.

Senator Mathis is ranking member on the Human Resources Committee and Ag & Natural Resources Budget. She also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, Commerce and Ethics committees.

Liz is the daughter of a World War II veteran and a schoolteacher. She grew up on her family’s farm near DeWitt, attended Central Community High School and graduated from the University of Iowa.

Liz was a journalist for 22 years and now works for a child welfare and behavioral health agency that helps troubled kids and their families. She has received numerous awards for her work in journalism, women’s leadership, the legislature and her community, including the Corridor Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and “Most Influential” awards. She has also been named to Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2019.

Liz and her husband, Mark, live in Hiawatha. They own a marketing and advertising company and have two children.