Leaders From Iowa

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Iowa has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Herbert Hoover, Henry A. Wallace, Eric Swalwell, Michele Bachmann, Steve King and others.
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Herbert Hoover
(31st President of the United States (1929 – 1933))
Herbert Hoover
36
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 20, 1964

The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, was sworn into the office in 1929, the year the Great Depression struck the American economy. Earlier, Hoover was a successful mining engineer and had earned a reputation of a humanitarian who fed numerous Europeans during and after WWI. His policies during the depression, though, could not provide relief to people.

 2 
Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)
Glenn Miller
7
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 15, 1944
 3 
Katie Porter
(Politician)
Katie Porter
9
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Currently a member of the House of Representative from the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California, American politician Katie Porter practiced law before taking up teaching as her full time profession. Eventually she won the 2018 election to the House and is now a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 4 
Michele Bachmann
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th District from 2007 to 2015)
Michele Bachmann
6
Birthdate: April 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries

Politician Michele Bachmann is a member of the Republican Party. She represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress. She is a lawyer by qualification and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. She has been criticized for her homophobic views and anti-abortion stance.

 5 
Jim Inhofe
(Politician)
Jim Inhofe
4
Birthdate: November 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 6 
Fred Grandy
(Former United States Representative, Actor)
Fred Grandy
3
Birthdate: June 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
 7 
Chuck Grassley
(Politician)
Chuck Grassley
19
Birthdate: September 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
 8 
Eric Swalwell
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives From California's 15th District)
Eric Swalwell
8
Birthdate: November 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Democrat Eric Swalwell is the U.S. representative from California's 15th congressional district. He took over the position in 2012, defeating the 40-year incumbent Pete Stark. In 2019, he announced his run for the 2020 presidential campaign. He also founded the Future Forum, a Democrat group for issues of the youth.
 9 
Lou Henry Hoover
(First Lady of the United States 1929 – 1933)
Lou Henry Hoover
3
Birthdate: March 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 7, 1944
 10 
Henry A. Wallace
(33rd Vice President of the U.S.A.)
Henry A. Wallace
5
Birthdate: October 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 18, 1965
Henry A. Wallace was the U.S. vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt. He initially wrote for his family’s farming magazine and later served as the American secretary of agriculture. After being fired by Harry S. Truman over a speech asking for conciliatory policies for Russia, he formed the Progressive Party.
 11 
William D. Leahy
(Naval Officer)
William D. Leahy
3
Birthdate: May 6, 1875
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 20, 1959
 12 
George Ryan
(Governor of Illinois from 1999 to 2003)
George Ryan
3
Birthdate: February 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces

George Ryan is an American former politician who served as the governor of Illinois from 1999 to 2003. He achieved popularity in 1999 for his moratorium on executions in the state of Illinois. George Ryan was later convicted of corruption charges and ended up spending over five years in federal prison.

 13 
Steve King
(United States Representative)
Steve King
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Birthdate: May 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Republican politician Steve King has been the representative for Iowa's 4th congressional district and also represented Iowa’s 5th congressional district until redistricting. He is known for his racist comments and has also been accused of Islamophobia. He opposes LGBT equality and gun regulations. He is also against abortion rights.
 14 
Laurel Clark
(Medical Doctor)
Laurel Clark
3
Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 1, 2003
 15 
Bob Barr
(Former United States Representative)
Bob Barr
3
Birthdate: November 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 16 
Joni Ernst
(Politician)
Joni Ernst
9
Birthdate: July 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
 17 
Kim Reynolds
(Politician)
Kim Reynolds
3
Birthdate: August 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
 18 
Terry Branstad
(42nd Governor of Iowa)
Terry Branstad
3
Birthdate: November 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 19 
Lawrence Sullivan Ross
3
Birthdate: September 27, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 3, 1898
John Llewellyn Lewis
3
Birthdate: February 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 11, 1969
 21 
Paul Coverdell
2
Birthdate: January 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 18, 2000
 22 
Patrick J. Hurley
2
Birthdate: January 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 30, 1963
 23 
Ellen Church
(The First Female Flight Attendant)
Ellen Church
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Birthdate: September 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 22, 1965

Ellen Church was an American nurse and flight attendant. She wanted to establish herself as a commercial pilot. Since airlines were not hiring women pilots at that time, Church convinced Boeing Air Transport that having nurses as flight-stewardesses would help bring in more passengers. Subsequently, in 1930, Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant.

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Roy Lee Williams
1
Birthdate: March 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 28, 1989
 25 
Gil Gutknecht
(Politician)
Gil Gutknecht
1
Birthdate: March 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Eugenie Anderson
1
Birthdate: May 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 31, 1997