Representative Mary Lou Freeman View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 9/4/2006
Birth Place: Kandiyohi, Minnesota
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 75 (1993) - 79 (2001)
House: 80 (2003) - 81 (2005)
Home County: Buena Vista
Mary Lou Freeman
Buena Vista County


MARY LOU FREEMAN was born October 21, 1941, in Kandiyohi, Minnesota, the daughter of J. Martin and Luella (Backlund) Hawkinson. She attended elementary school in Kandiyohi and graduated from high school in Willmar Minnesota in 1959. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1963.

Mary Lou was very committed to her faith. Throughout her college years she returned home to play Swedish hymns on the organ for Sunday services at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. In recent years she attended and served on the Stewardship and Finance Committee of the Trinity Lutheran Church in her home town of Alta.

Mary Lou's early adult years were dedicated to raising her four children. She also worked as a substitute teacher in the Storm Lake schools. She was active in the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. A personal priority for Mary Lou was the protection of Iowa’s natural resources, an area that she focused on during her time in the legislature.

A Republican, Ms. Freeman served two terms in the Iowa Senate prior to serving two terms in the Iowa House. She was a member of the Seventy-sixth, Seventy-seventh, Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, Seventy-ninth Extra, Seventy-ninth Second Extra, Eightieth, Eightieth Extra, Eightieth Second Extra, and Eighty-first General Assemblies. (1995-2006)

Mary Lou Freeman died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 64.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved By The House Of Representatives Of The Eighty-Second General Assembly Of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Mary Lou Freeman, 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 her service.

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.