Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement in response to the passing of former Lt. Governor Jo Ann Zimmerman:

“Jo Ann Zimmerman will rightfully be remembered as a historic Iowa leader. As the first woman to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor at a time when the job was elected independent of the Governor, she led the way for women and girls in every corner of the state, showing that they, too, can hold high office in this state. Beyond her electoral success, Jo Ann worked to make sure the doors she opened stayed that way for those who followed her. She remained a tremendous leader after she left office by creating DAWNs List and working to get other women elected to positions of leadership up-and-down the ticket in communities across Iowa. Our great state is better for her leadership and advocacy. She will be missed and the thoughts of Iowa Democrats are with her and her family.”