Mundie tackled issues in the House

Norm Mundie, who served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives and as a Webster County supervisor during a 12-year political career, died Thursday.

He was 84 when he died at the Paula J, Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge.

Mundie, who farmed south of Fort Dodge, was a county supervisor from 1989 to 1992.

He was a state representative from 1993 to 2001. During that time, he represented all of Calhoun County, most of Webster County and parts of Boone and Hamilton counties.

Mundie was a member of the Agriculture, Local Government and Natural Resources committees. He also served on a special panel that reviewed laws governing livestock confinements.

As a lawmaker, the Democrat had a reputation for working well with Republicans.

“I served with him and greatly admired him,” said former state Sen. Jim Kersten, a Republican from Fort Dodge. “He and I worked very well together across party lines.”

“He had a real dry sense of humor,” Kersten added.

Mundie, he said, played key roles in getting money for the expansion of U.S. Highway 20 to four lanes and the construction of the Iowa State Patrol Post 7 building near the juncture of that highway and Webster County Road P59. He said Mundie was also a leader in the effort to acquire the first in-car camera systems for the ISP. Those cameras are now standard equipment in all ISP cars.

Mundie won his House seat in 1992 by defeating state Rep. Ruhl Maulsby, R-Rockwell City. Maulsby was seeking his eighth term.

Two years later, he defeated Mike Sexton, a Rockwell City Republican, to win his second term.

After Sexton was elected to the state Senate in 1998 he found that his former rival could become a source of valuable advice.

“He was kind of a mentor for me,” Sexton said. “I learned a lot from Norm about the fact that you can get more done by trying to find a way to work with the other side instead of fighting them all the time. Norm really worked hard to find compromise between the parties.”

Stewart Iverson, a Republican from Clarion who served as both a state representative and state senator, described Mundie as “a super guy.”

“He was one of those individuals who worked in a bipartisan manner,” Iverson said.

When Mundie retired, he told The Messenger that the best part of being a legislator was “just being in a position to help people.”

Funeral services for Mundie will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home, 307 S. 12th St., and at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Corpus Christi Church, 402 N. Eighth St. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Rockwell City.