It has been my privilege to stand up for Mason City and surrounding areas at the Statehouse since I was first elected back in 2008. It is my responsibility to be a voice of fairness and representation of our community. As an educator for my entire career, making a difference in the lives of students and the community has long been a priority of mine.



Thank you for allowing me to serve you in the Iowa House


Representing Iowa House District 53

Fighting for Education

As an educator for nearly three decades, making a difference in the lives of students has long been a priority of mine. As a parent and grandparent, I know how much our children mean to all of us. I fervently believe that a strong education for our students equals a strong foundation for their futures, and for all of our futures. Over the last few […]

Helping Iowa Families

We need to raise the minimum wage so no one who works full-time will be forced to live in poverty and we need to make equal pay for equal work a reality for Iowa women.

Protecting Vulnerable Iowans

Governor Branstad’s Medicaid privatization scheme has been a disaster to implement, we need to enact more oversight to protect Iowans in need.

Latest Posts

Reynolds Says No Special Session Needed;  Lawmakers Have Questions on State Budget Crisis

Reynolds Says No Special Session Needed; Lawmakers Have Questions on State Budget Crisis

Des Moines, Iowa – After Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Wednesday that no special session would be needed to fix the state’s budget crisis, State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City said many questions need to be answered before lawmakers return to Des Moines in January. “For the third time this year, Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers are borrowing money and forcing Iowans to pay […]

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New Laws to Hit the Books July 1

New Laws to Hit the Books July 1

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City today reminded Iowans about several new laws that will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. “Iowans should be aware of several changes we made to Iowa law beginning on July 1 that could impact their lives,” said Steckman “This year, we worked together to protect victims of […]

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Steckman Named 2017 Friend of Afterschool

Steckman Named 2017 Friend of Afterschool

Des Moines, IA —Today, Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City was awarded the 2017 Friend of Afterschool Award by the Afterschool Alliance of Iowa for being a true advocate and strong supporter of afterschool programs and providing tangible support to the issue. Representative Steckman was also recognized for her service on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and as the House Education Committee as Ranking Member. […]

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Sharon Steckman is serving her 4th term in the Iowa House of Representatives.  She holds the position of Assistant Minority Leader.  She also serves on the Administration and Rules, Education, Environmental Protection, Labor, and Ways and Means Committees. In years past she also served on Appropriations, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Economic Growth, Vice-Chair of Education Appropriations, Ranking Chair of Education and Assistant Majority Leader. She is currently serving on Advisory Council for RSVP of North Central Iowa, the Iowa Commission for MHEC (Midwest Higher Education Compact), the state iJAG Board, and also on the local boards for Francis Lauer Services, and Una Vocis.  She served on the Interim Legislative Tax Expenditure Commission, and was a founding member of the State of Iowa STEM Council. Born in Chicago, Sharon is a 40 year resident of Mason City. Before moving to Mason City Sharon lived in Marion, Iowa where she served on the Marion Planning and Zoning Commission and was President of the Cedar Rapids Welcome Wagon Club. While living in Mason City, Sharon decided to complete the degree she had started at Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. To accomplish this, she began a two-year, three-day a week commute to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She graduated in 1980 with honors and was the first in the education department at ISU to student teach in Mason City. She achieved this by working out an agreement with ISU and the University of Northern Iowa. Sharon worked for the Mason City Community School District, teaching second, fourth, and fifth grades and working as a Title I reading specialist. While teaching for the Mason City School District, she went on to earn her Master’s degree in education and reading endorsement from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She was a member of the Mason City Education Association, serving as president. She also served on numerous curriculum committees, helped develop the Substance Abuse Action Plan for the district, was a member of the Superintendent’s Certified Advisory Council, and coached the Mason City High School Drill Team. During her tenure in Mason City she took a leave of absence from the district to teach overseas in Portugal, returning to Mason City to finish her career. While her children were growing up in Mason City, Sharon served on the board of the Mason City Youth Hockey (during the years the arena was built) and the Youth Swim Club board. Also doing volunteer work for Opportunity Village. After retiring from teaching, Sharon decided to continue her passion for education and community affairs by running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives Sharon and Alan, her husband of 20 years, have four children and eight grandchildren. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.