Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Patty Judge was twice elected to the Iowa Senate and served two terms as Secretary of Agriculture, the first woman elected to this post.
Since taking office in January of 2007, Lt. Governor Judge has been working with her partner, Governor Chet Culver, to build One Iowa, with One Unlimited Future for everyone.
As a former nurse, she has utilized her experience to help reform health care in Iowa by reducing smoking, promoting wellness, and increasing children’s access to quality, affordable health care.
For over a decade, she has led the charge to make Iowa the nation’s leader in biofuels and continues working with Governor Culver to expand Iowa’s status as a renewable energy leader in the world.
With her father having served in World War II and husband John's service in Vietnam, Lt. Governor Judge understands the sacrifices our veterans and their families make. That is why she has worked with Governor Culver to ensure our returning heroes are welcomed home and given the respect and gratitude they deserve.
And as Iowa’s Homeland Security Advisor, she played an instrumental role in responding to last year’s historic natural disasters, while laying the groundwork for rebuilding our state stronger and safer than before.
Finally, during these difficult economic times, she and Governor Culver have worked tirelessly to find new and innovative ways to strengthen our economy and put Iowans back to work; including the recently created I-JOBS program which will bring economic growth to all parts of the state.
Lt. Governor Judge is a lifelong resident of Iowa, born in Fort Madison and raised in Albia. She and her husband, John, have owned a cow-calf farm in Monroe County for over 35 years. They raised three sons and have three grandchildren all of whom still call Iowa home. Lt. Governor Judge has been dedicated to community service, serving on the Albia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a 4-H leader, a member of PEO, an honorary FFA Chapter Farmer and a member of the Iowa State Fair Board.