Senator Herman C. Quirmbach View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 80 (2003) - 90 (2023)
Home County: Story
Herman C. Quirmbach
Story County


Serving fifth term in Senate.


Retired associate professor of economics at Iowa State University.


Graduated from Central High School in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Received B.A. in government with honors from Harvard and M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton.

Memberships and Activities

City Council for the 4th Ward of Ames, 1995 – 2003, and Ames mayor pro tem, 2002. Served as treasurer of Story County Democratic Central Committee. Served on board of directors of the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mayor’s Veishea Task Force, Story County REAP Committee, and Ames Utility Retirement Board. Member of Ames Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Ames, Ames Patriotic Council (treasurer and past president), League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County, and Story County Tobacco Task Force. Served as co-chair of Ames Veterans Memorial Committee. Leadership Ames graduate.

Member, School Finance Formula Review Committee. Member ex officio, Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Commission, Iowa Comprehensive Health Insurance Association Board. Alternate member, Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1950 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Raised in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, and Brookfield, Wisconsin. Resides in Ames.