More About Karin
Karin Derry has lived in Johnston with her family for the past 19 years. She is an attorney, a community volunteer and activist, and she was elected to represent Iowa's 39th House District starting with the 2019 legislative session.
Karin is the daughter of small-town business owners and she understands the importance of providing a favorable environment for employers. After watching the Iowa legislature's attack on middle-class, hard-working Iowa families, women, and Iowa's educational system in 2017, Karin was moved to action and decided it was time to stand up and fight for what she believes in and run for the Iowa House.
With a University of Iowa bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Karin worked in Human Resources for over 15 years, primarily with not-for-profits, Broadlawns, Easter Seals, and Lutheran Social Service. She later earned a master's degree in Public Administration, and in 2006 graduated with highest honors from Drake University Law School.
After clerking for Justice David Baker on the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court, Karin worked in private practice for two years and then prosecuted dependent abuse cases for the State of Iowa's Department of Inspections and Appeals. From 2011-2018, she was in-house counsel with DHI Group.
Active in her community for many years, Karin has served on the boards of directors of the Central Iowa AIDS Project and Primary Health Care, and on the Iowa Dependent Adult Protective Advisory Council. She serves on the Central Committee for the Polk County Democrats, and is a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Johnston.
Karin and her husband Jeff have been happily married for 21 years. They have three children, David, Joseph, and Karleen, with the youngest still in Johnston High School. They regularly attend school events, including soccer, music programs, and cheerleading. They also enjoy vacationing in Colorado as a family.
Karin is working in the House to protect the values and opportunities that have allowed Iowa employers to thrive, including good public schools that provide an educated and trainable workforce, and an infrastructure that supports businesses.