Liz Bennett grew up in the Quad Cities, in a family with a rich tradition of community service. Liz’s maternal grandmother was a long-time volunteer with the Visiting Nurses Association. Liz’s paternal grandmother lobbied successfully to become one of the first female members of her local Optimists' Club. Liz’s father, Steve, is a retired State Trooper, Vietnam Veteran, volunteer firefighter, Fleet Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Boy Scout leader. Liz's mom, Cathy, worked as a court reporter until her children were born. Cathy became a full time stay-at-home mom, and an active community volunteer.
Liz has continued her family's tradition of service, volunteering in the past with Cedar Rapids AniMeals and the German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa. Central to Liz's passion for service is her commitment to working for social justice and Democratic values. In 2007, Liz became an active volunteer with the Obama campaign. Liz spent countless hours making phone calls and recruiting friends to caucus for President Obama. Liz was elected to Linn County Democratic Central Committee in 2009 and has continued to be an active Democratic volunteer. Liz chaired her precinct caucus in 2010 and chaired float-building for the Linn Co. Democrats entry in the 2011 Freedom Fest parade. Liz has called and knocked on doors for many campaigns, including Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, Rep. Art Staed, and Sen. Liz Mathis. Fellow Democrats showed their trust and faith in Liz by electing Liz as a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Liz worked her way through college as a server at Granite City in Cedar Rapids. In addition to working long hours at Granite City, Liz graduated with a double-major in Politics and Women's Studies from Cornell College. Immediately after graduating from college, Liz worked at a firm which provides financial planning for individuals with disabilities. Many people know Liz through her work as a volunteer and Regional Organizer for One Iowa, where she worked to preserve the freedom to marry for all Iowans. Since 2011 Liz has worked at Go Daddy, an internet company in Hiawatha. Liz has held various positions at Go Daddy including New Hire Training Associate, Quality Management and Technical Support. Prior to starting college at Cornell, Liz worked for over three years as a small business advertising consultant at Yellow Book.
After Iowa House District 65 Representative Tyler Olson decided not to seek re-election, Liz was urged by many local Democrats to run for Tyler’s seat. Liz is grateful for the opportunities and quality-of-life Iowa has provided her, and took up the challenge of running for the Iowa House in order to continue Rep. Olson’s hard work and dedication representing Iowa House District 65. Liz will work hard to ensure future generations have the same opportunity to succeed as Liz was provided.
Liz formally kicked off her campaign at a successful fund raising event at Brewed Café on Saturday, November 9, 2013.