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Labor Unions
Politician members in Iowa

  Wilmer Dean Aubrey (1904-1975) — also known as W. Dean Aubrey — of Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Born in Munterville, Wapello County, Iowa, September 28, 1904. Democrat. Meatpacking worker; secretary, United Packinghouse Workers, Local 1; secretary, Ottumwa Industrial Union Council (CIO); coal operator; member of Iowa state house of representatives from Wapello County, 1945-46, 1949-51. Methodist. Member, Eagles. Died in October, 1975 (age 71 years, 0 days). Interment at New Altoona Cemetery, Altoona, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of William Aubrey and Rosa E. (Chrisman) Aubrey; married 1935 to Evelyn Juanita Smith.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Leighton Carss (1865-1931) — also known as William L. Carss — of Proctor, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Pella, Marion County, Iowa, February 15, 1865. Locomotive engineer; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 8th District, 1919-21, 1925-29; defeated, 1920 (Democratic), 1922 (Democratic), 1928 (Farmer-Labor), 1930 (Farmer-Labor). Member, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Died in Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn., May 31, 1931 (age 66 years, 105 days). Interment at Oneota Cemetery, Duluth, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of James Carss and Annie (Parks) Carss; married, December 21, 1898, to Lillian Burnside.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Edgar E. Clark Edgar Erastus Clark (1856-1930) — also known as Edgar E. Clark — of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. Born in Lima, Livingston County, N.Y., February 18, 1856. Republican. Train conductor; Grand Senior Conductor (1889), and Grand Chief Conductor (1890-1906), of the Order of Railway Conductors of America; delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1904; member, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1906-21; chair, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1913-14, 1918-21. Member, Order of Railway Conductors; Freemasons; Elks. Died in Monrovia, Los Angeles County, Calif., December 1, 1930 (age 74 years, 286 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry Dean Clark and Nancy Elizabeth (Jones) Clark; married, September 1, 1880, to Lovenia Jenkins; married, June 28, 1911, to Agnes English Barnes.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Stephen Lee Cook (b. 1941) — also known as Stephen L. Cook — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, December 30, 1941. Democrat. Delegate, Monongalia-Preston Labor Council; member of West Virginia state house of delegates, 1980-82; appointed 1980; defeated, 2010; member of West Virginia state senate 14th District, 1983-86; defeated, 1986; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1996, 2000, 2004. Methodist. Still living as of 2010.
  Relatives: Married to Carolyn A. Whitney.
  Robert Edward Kersting (b. 1916) — also known as Robert Kersting — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, August 26, 1916. Democrat. Lawyer; test pilot and executive, Howard Aircraft Co.; president, Red Rock Ranches and Arizona Aviation Co.; secretary, treasurer, director, Savage Industries, Inc., Sun States Land and Development Co.; director, general counsel, Insurance Corporation of America; president, general counsel, Yavapai Hotels Corp.; director, Prescott Utilities Corp.; member of Arizona Democratic State Central Committee, 1951-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1956 (alternate), 1960. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Moose; Fraternal Order of Police. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Henry Kersting and Eva (Schaub) Kersting; married, February 29, 1968, to Fracine Bassett.
  Alfred John Pearson (1869-1939) — also known as Alfred J. Pearson — of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Born in Landskrona, Sweden, September 29, 1869. Republican. University professor; U.S. Minister to Poland, 1924-25; Finland, 1925-30. Lutheran. Swedish ancestry. Member, Modern Language Association; American Association of University Professors; Phi Beta Kappa. Died August 9, 1939 (age 69 years, 314 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Hans Pearson and Johanna (Nilson) Pearson; married 1901 to Thea Pauline Swenson (daughter of Lars Swenson).
  Political family: Swenson family of Minnesota.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Lisa Marie Raine (b. 1969) — also known as Lisa M. Raine — of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa; Spokane, Spokane County, Wash. Born in Xavier Hospital, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, May 28, 1969. Democrat. School teacher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1996; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2000. Female. Shoshone Indian ancestry. Member, National Education Association. Still living as of 2003.
  John Richard Schmidhauser (b. 1922) — also known as John R. Schmidhauser — of Iowa. Born in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., January 3, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1965-67; defeated, 1966, 1968; member of Iowa Democratic State Central Committee, 1971. Unitarian. Member, American Association of University Professors; Izaak Walton League. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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