State Senator Pat Ward losses battle with Breast Cancer
Iowa State Senator Pat Ward (R-Clive) passed away after battling with Breast Cancer. She was 55. State Senator Ward is survived by her husband John and two adult children. She was running for re-election in the newly drawn Iowa State Senate District 22 against Desmund Adams (D-Clive).
State Senator Ward won her Senate seat after a special election in 2004 replacing the outgoing State Senator Mary Kramar who was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the Ambassador to Barbados. She was an Assistant Senate Minority Leader and served on the Commerce, Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa, and Judiciary committees. She was also the ranking member on the Labor and Business Relations committee.
State Senator Ward was born and raised in Missouri and received her Bachelors Degree from Central Missouri State University. She is a former director of public and government relations for an electric utility company in Illinois as well as the former Director of the Senate Republican Caucus staff.
She served on various boards within the community and is was a sustaining member of Junior League, volunteered at local schools, and was an active member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA.