Representative Bruce E. Mahan View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 5/5/1972
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 60 (1963) - 61 (1965)
Home County: Johnson
Bruce E. Mahan
Johnson County


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

Bruce E. Mahan was born on a farm near Bedford, Iowa, November 25, 1890, the son of Thomas Shelton and Luvira Titus Mahan. He graduated Valedictorian, Class of 1909, Bedford High School, and received the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history and education, State University of Iowa. He married SUI graduate, Edna Rohret, April 22, 1914.

Mr. Mahan was superintendent of schools, Cascade, Iowa, four years; assistant principal Iowa City High School, five years; associate editor State Historical Society six years; member SUI staff 1923-1961. Mr. Mahan, director and dean SUI Extension Division for thirty-two years, retired as professor and Dean Emeritus in 1961. He was a long time member of the board in control of athletics and board of trustees, School of Religion, SUI.

Widely known as an Iowa historian, Mr. Mahan authored many books and articles and served, from 1963 through 1966, in the Iowa House of Representatives, Sixtieth, Sixtieth Extra, and Sixty-first Sessions of the General Assembly.

He was a member of Triangle Club, Rotary, Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mr. Mahan died on May 5, 1972. Mrs. Mahan preceded him in death in 1968. He is survived by two sons; Louis F., a College of Engineering graduate, SUI; and Thomas P., a College of Medicine graduate, SUI.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-fifth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Bruce E. Mahan, 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 the 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.





House District 41
61st GA (1965)
Legislation Sponsored
61st GA (1965)