Hi, I'm MacKenzie
IOWA - BORN & RAISED
I’m a 5th generation Iowan, born and raised in Altoona, where I graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 2012. I attended Simpson College in Indianola, where I received the Culver Fellowship to study Political Science and International Relations with a minor in French and Religion. I come from a pro-union, working-class family. My Dad retired from Bridgestone-Firestone after 30 years and is a proud member of United Steelworkers Local 310. My Mom is a small-business owner and long-term care specialist. Together, my parents taught me and my brother the importance of hard work, fiscal responsibility, caring for others, and standing up for our convictions.
Originally inspired to be a teacher, I began thinking about serving my community in public office when I was a legislative Page in the Iowa State Senate. I saw firsthand the impact that good policies and community action can have on so many lives. That desire to help others led me to organize voter registration efforts at Simpson College. After college, I traveled to many foreign countries to learn and help others. I taught English in rural Malaysia, advocated for clean water initiatives, and against female genital mutilation in Djibouti and Kenya, and currently consult with the government. In 2020, I returned home to Iowa in order to help working families receive the support they need. One of my passions is to combat human trafficking and I serve on the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking Board. When elected, I hope to take my life experiences to help my community and the state of Iowa.