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Elaine Baxter
Elaine Baxter.jpg
27th Secretary of State of Iowa
In office
GovernorTerry Branstad
Preceded byMary Jane Odell
Succeeded byPaul Pate
Personal details
Born(1933-01-16)January 16, 1933
Chicago, Illinois
DiedMarch 26, 2021(2021-03-26) (aged 88)
West Burlington, Iowa
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Harry Youngs Baxter
Alma materUniversity of Illinois

Elaine Bland Baxter (January 16, 1933 – March 26, 2021) was an American politician and educator who served as the 27th Iowa Secretary of State.

Personal life

She was the daughter of Clarence Arthur Bland and Margaret Clark Bland.[1] She married Harry Youngs Baxter, in 1954; they have three children, Katherine, Harry and John.[2] She died on March 26, 2021, aged 88.[3][4]


She received her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Illinois in 1954, a teaching certificate in secondary level Social Studies from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1970 and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in 1978. She also received graduate training at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Political career

Baxter was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives' 60th District from 1983 to 1986,[5] and she served two terms as Iowa Secretary of State from 1986 to 1994.

She was also a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa in 1988 and 1992; was a member of the Democratic National Committee from Iowa in 1988; was a candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa's 3rd congressional district in 1992 and 1994.

Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack appointed her to the Humanities Iowa board of directors. She joined the Iowa Lottery Board in 2002.

Baxter endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 US Presidential election.

Community involvement

Baxter was active in civic organizations, including the Burlington planning commission, the Burlington City Council and the Victorian Society of Iowa. She served on various boards, including the Preservation Action, Washington, D.C. (1980–1984), the Iowa Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Heritage Trust for Preservation of Historic Burlington and the Terrace Hill Society.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Former Iowa Secretary of State Elaine Baxter has died
  4. ^ "High-Speed Internet Bill Passes Unanimously In Iowa House". Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Jane Odell
Secretary of State of Iowa
Succeeded by
Paul Pate
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