Margaret Liston

Candidate for District 24

Meet Margaret Liston

Margaret Liston is a dedicated public servant with a heart for community and a passion for improving the lives of Iowans. She embodies the values of trustworthiness, honesty, accountability, and responsiveness in her longstanding service to the city of Ogden, and will do the same in the Iowa State Senate for the people of District 24.

Born in Perry, Iowa, and raised in Beaver, Margaret is the second youngest of seven children, instilling in her a deep sense of collaboration and hard work from an early age. Growing up in a small town like Beaver provided Margaret with a unique perspective on the challenges faced by rural communities. She understands the struggles they encounter, particularly the lack of resources to attract families, businesses, and companies. This understanding fuels her commitment to improving the health and welfare of citizens in these smaller communities, revitalizing business districts that will be attractive to potential employers, and upholding core values that makes Iowa so special.

Margaret Liston has been a resident of Iowa her entire life, a testament to her unwavering commitment to this state. She is married to Gerald Duff, and together they form a blended family with six adult children and 10 grandchildren, reinforcing her dedication to family values and community bonds.

With a professional background in healthcare, Margaret served as a vital member of the operating room until her retirement. Her educational journey reflects her commitment to continuous learning and service. After attending Ogden High School, Margaret earned her GED in Harlan, IA, and pursued her passion for healthcare through various educational milestones. She obtained qualifications in Surgical Technology from DMACC, became a Licensed Practical Nurse, earned an Associate degree in Registered Nursing from DMACC, and further pursued a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing. Her dedication to public service led her to achieve a Master of Public Administration, rounding out her extensive educational background.

Margaret’s impact on her community is further underscored by her role as a City Councilwoman for the City of Ogden, currently embarking on her fifth term. Her influence extends beyond politics as she co-chairs the city’s community garden, fostering a sense of shared responsibility and sustainable living. Margaret is also deeply involved in the educational realm, serving as a volunteer mentor within Ogden Elementary School and contributing as a substitute school nurse and associate, supporting students throughout their school day.