Wahls first entered politics when he was an engineering student at the University of Iowa, when he delivered a speech in the Iowa House of Representatives against House Joint Resolution 6, aimed to end civil unions in the state.
Zachary Wahls pictured during his campaign.
Zach Wahls for Iowa
“Our family really isn’t so different from any other Iowa family. You know, when I’m home we go to church together, we eat dinner, we go on vacations,” said Wahls in 2011. “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.”
He also authored the book, “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family,” in 2013.
Wahls issued a statement Wednesday on Twitter after his win, promising as a state Senator to fight for families who have been marginalized.
“As a state senator, I will fight for everyone who, like my family, has been left out or left behind or used as a political target,” said Wahls.” I will never forget how hard our family had to work to get a seat at the table, and I will never stop fighting for you or your family.”