In 1990 she became a member of the Dubuque Housing Commission. In 1995 she was elected to the Dubuque City Council and served for twelve years. During her tenure, the council dealt with economic development, zoning proposals, the riverfront, human rights, integration, and the opening of Main Street.
In 2007 she lost her campaign to remain on the council. She continued to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Commission and the boards of the Four Mounds Foundation and Mental Health America. In 2008 she had recently become president of the League of Women Voters.
Source: "175 Years" Vol. II Telegraph Herald, p. 89