Shawn Harmsen
District B
Work Unit: 
410 E. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA

By email

All correspondence addressed to the City Council becomes a permanent public record and is archived by the City. Emails to Council should be sent to The sender must include their full name. Unsigned correspondence will not be forwarded to the City Council. Address is optional. All Council Members are provided a City email address and that is the only address that will be provided for City business.

Term in office 

First term: Jan. 3, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2026


1995-Wartburg College, Waverly Iowa. BA in Communication Arts.

2005-University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. MA in Communication Education.

2016-University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication


Spouse Jody, kids Jack and Katy, cats Daisy and Kyoto.


Reading, movies, cooking, painting, music.

Iowa City residency 

Since 2010


Visiting Assistant Professor, Coe College, Cedar Rapids

Other community services/organizations involvement

Johnson County Democratic Party, member.

1st (formerly 2nd) District Democratic Party, member.

Iowa Democratic State Central Committee, former member.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, member.

TeamCan, member.

COGS UE Local 896, former member.