Representative Scott Swisher View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/6/1972
Birth Place: Iowa City, Iowa
Birth County: Johnson
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 56 (1955) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Johnson
Scott Swisher
Johnson County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Scott Swisher, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Scott Swisher was born at Iowa City, Iowa, on July 15, 1919, the son of Ingalls and Geneva Hanna Swisher. He attended public schools at Iowa City, graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in 1942, and received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1943. He and Nancy J. IlgenFritz of Winterset, Iowa, were married in 1943.

Mr. Swisher, representing Johnson County, served as a member of the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Sessions of the Iowa General Assembly. A member of the House of Representatives and a Democrat, he served from 1955 to 1964. From 1956 to 1958, he was minority floor leader and, in 1959, was named outstanding state representative by members of the news media covering the legislature. He was a member of the Budget and Financial Control Committee from 1959 to 1963 and also served on the Governor’s Board of Penal Affairs.

Twice a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, he served on the party’s national platform committee in 1960.

Mr. Swisher was a practicing attorney in the firm of Swisher and Swisher at Iowa City.

He held membership or office in numerous professional, civic and scholastic organizations. Included were positions as president of the Johnson County Bar Association and member of the Iowa and American Bar Associations; provincial president of Phi Delta Phi; member of ODK, Honorary Scholastic Society; member of Rotary, Phi Kappa Psi, Knights of Pythias, Eagles, Moose, Elks, Iowa Historical Society, University of Iowa Alumni Association, and the First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Swisher passed away February 6, 1972. Services were held in Iowa City, with burial in Oakland Cemetery there. Surviving are his widow, Nancy, his son, Scott, and his daughter, Sarah, all of Iowa City. Also surviving is a brother, Robert, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-fourth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Scott Swisher, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.