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ISENHART, Charles. (Dubuque, IA- ). The son of Bud and Marcella Isenhart, Isenhart graduated from LORAS COLLEGE in 1981 with a bachelor' degree in political science and mass communication. He received a Master of Journalism degree from Marquette University in 1984.

He began his career as a research assistant for the Institute for Catholic Media and an instructor at Marquette. He also worked INTERSTATE POWER COMPANY, City of Dubuque,TELEGRAPH HERALD (sports department), and the [[IOWA OIL COMPANY (IOCO). Previous to that, he was a reporter and editor for WITNESS (THE) newspaper of the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE. From 1986 to 1990, Isenhart was a freelance writer and publisher, working on the topics of education, health care, rural development, labor relations and other social and economic issues. He was a member of the National Writers Union, which he rejoined after starting his own small business, Common Good Services. (1)

Beginning in 1989 Isenhart became active with the Dubuque County Democratic Central Committee. He chaired the County Platform Committee (1991 to 1999), Research Committee (1989 to 1994), and the Presidential Forum Planning Committee (2004). He has also been a precinct (Get Out the VGote) GOTV captain, precinct caucus chair and county convention delegate. From 1990 to 2007, he was executive director of the DUBUQUE AREA LABOR-MANAGEMENT COUNCIL which included work in labor relations, health care, construction and education/workforce development. In 2006, he served as policy director for Richard E. (Ric) DICKINSON for Congress.

Isenhart served on many community boards and commissions. These included the City of Dubuque Housing Commission, City of Dubuque Community Development Commission, Dubuque County Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Stakeholders Committee, Dubuque Soccer Club (co-founder), American Youth Soccer Organization (commissioner), America’s River Soccer Classic (director), Dubuque Housing Coalition (chair), Healthy Dubuque 2000, Crescent Community Health Center Planning Committee, Downtown Neighborhood Council (block captain) and St. Raphael Cathedral Parish. He has been on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, Project Concern, DUBUQUE FOOD PANTRY and the DUBUQUE SOCCER ALLIANCE. (2)

A Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives representing District 100, Isenhart was first elected to the chamber in 2008. (3) He has been the ranking member on the Environmental Protection Committee and served on Economic Growth, Ways and Means, and Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations. (4) In 2012 he was named Legislator of the Year by the Iowa Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. (5)

Isenhart was inducted into the Dubuque County Democrats' Hall of Fame in 2015.



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

2. Iowa House Democrats. Online: http://iowahouse.org/our-members/chuck-isenhart/

3. Chuck Isenhart. Ballotpedia. Online: http://ballotpedia.org/Charles_Isenhart

4. Iowa House Democrats

5. "Tri-States," Telegraph Herald, October 7, 2017, p. 13