Zach Wahls

Candidate for District 43

Meet Zach Wahls

Zach Wahls is the Iowa Senate Democratic Leader and represents District 37 in the Iowa Senate. District 37 includes all of Coralville, the west side of Iowa City, rural north and east Johnson County including Solon, all of Cedar County, and the town of Wilton in Muscatine County. He serves as a member of the following Senate committees:

  • Agriculture
  • Rules and Administration – Ranking Member

Following 2021’s legislative redistricting process, Senator Wahls is seeking re-election in 2022 to serve and represent Iowa Senate District 43, which includes Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, several Iowa City neighborhoods, and rural northeast Johnson County.

Zach Wahls is a sixth-generation Iowan, a longtime resident of the senate district with deep community roots, an Eagle Scout, and an active member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Coralville.Wahls is Vice President of Community Investment and Development at GreenState Credit Union, Iowa’s largest financial cooperative.His testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about growing up with lesbian parents was YouTube’s most-watched political video of 2011. He has spoken at over 300 events all over Iowa and across America, including a primetime speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election.He is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family. Wahls co-founded and served as Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, which successfully led the national campaign to end LGBTQ discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.Wahls received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and his master’s degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.Zach lives with his wife Dr. Chloe Angyal, who is a journalist and author, and their dog Zelda, in Coralville.