Meet Eric Giddens
Eric Giddens is serving his first full term in the Iowa State Senate. He was first elected in a special election in March 2019 and then re-elected in 2020 to represent Senate District 30, which includes the southwest portion of Waterloo and the cities of Hudson and Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County.
Senator Giddens is ranking member on the Transportation and Veterans Affairs committees. He also serves on the Administration & Regulation Budget, Education, and State Government committees.
Eric is a program manager at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa where he leads a program that assists local governments across Iowa with developing strategies to address climate change at the community scale. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Eric served on the Cedar Falls Board of Education, and prior to working at UNI he taught secondary mathematics in the Cedar Falls Community School District.
In addition to his primary duties at UNI, Eric is involved in the Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series Planning Committee, the Imagining America Advisory Board, the American Democracy Project Advisory Board, and he is an alumnus of the Provost’s Leadership Academy. In the Cedar Valley Community, he is involved in the Dry Run Creek Advisory Board, the Cedar Valley Economic Inclusion Network, and the Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa Board of Directors. Eric is a past member of the Cedar Falls Food Co-op’s Investment Campaign Committee, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s Scholarship Selection Committee, and the World’s Window Board of Directors.
Eric and his wife, Kendra Wohlert, a small business owner and a former teacher in the Cedar Falls School District, live in Cedar Falls with their son, Henry, a student at Cedar Fall High School.