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BENNETT, Connie. (Dubuque, IA-- ). After returning to Dubuque in 1973, Connie became politically active in 1974 when her brother Thomas J. Jochum won a special election for State Representative. Since 1974, she remained actively involved in many campaigns and also served on the Dubuque Democratic Central Committee for many years.

During the 1980 and 1990s, Connie, along with members of her family called themselves 'The Jochum Machine' and most Democratic candidates sought their support. Connie contributed countless hours phone calling, leaflet dropping, and poll watching, but her most enjoyable task was always door knocking - she enjoyed talking with other Dubuque residents about the campaign issues. Some of Connie's most rewarding campaigns included former Governor Chet Culver, President Barack Obama, and current Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum. Other enjoyable events include helping with the organization of former Iowa State Senator Mike Conley's retirement party, helping organize the Open House for our Democratic Headquarters that was located at K-Mart Plaza, and having the pleasure to meet and introduce singer Carole King during a John Kerry fundraising event.

She was inducted into the Dubuque Democrats Hall of Fame in 2015.



Dubuque County Democrats. Online: http://www.dbqdemocrats.org/about-us/hall-of-fame-inductees/