Zach is a sixth-generation Iowan, a longtime resident of the senate district with deep community roots, an Eagle Scout, and an active member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Coralville. Wahls is Vice President of Community Investment and Development at GreenState Credit Union, Iowa’s largest financial cooperative.
His testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about growing up with lesbian parents was YouTube’s most-watched political video of 2011. He is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family. Wahls co-founded and served as Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, which successfully led the national campaign to end LGBTQ discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America.
As a Senator, Zach has worked relentlessly for communities he represents, fighting to protect Iowans who live in mobile or manufactured homes against predatory landlords, to expand access to affordable housing across Iowa, to protect and advance renewable energy, and to support public educators from right-wing attacks.
He’s seeking re-election to continue fighting for his constituents, to help rebuild the Iowa Democratic Party, and to ensure that Iowa remains a stay that people from all walks of life are proud to call home.
Zach lives with his wife Dr. Chloe Angyal, who is a journalist and author, and their dog Zelda, in Coralville.