“In Order to Change Things, You Have to Have Power and the Way You Get Power in this Country is to Run for Office.”
Attorney, political activist and defender of civil rights for all. Assistant Attorney General for the state of Iowa. Appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President Carter, 1977. First female president of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Co-founder of the Des Moines Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Served as president of NOW’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. Polk County Young Democrats. Founder and first chair of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus. A Democrat, she was a candidate for Governor of Iowa in 1982 and for United States Senate in 2010. Veteran Feminists of America.
Interviewed by Mary Jean Collins, VFA Historian, February 2021
Photo 1. Roxanne in 1980. Photo 2. Roxanne with former Iowa governor and then U.S. Senator Harold Hughes in 1982. Photo 3. Roxanne during her 2010 Senate run. Photo 4.Unstoppable: The Nine Lives of Roxanne Barton Conlin, by William Friedricks.