Address: 7887 Cody Dr. West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 554-3213
Subcommittee: Economic Development
Senator Charles Schneider was first elected to the West Des Moines City Council in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. During his second term on the council, Senator Schneider served as Mayor Pro-Tem and as the chair of the Council’s Finance and Administration Subcommittee.
Before being elected to City Council, Senator Schneider was a Plan and Zoning Commissioner, President of the West Des Moines Development Corporation, a member of West Des Moines Rotary, the Iowa Taxpayers Association’s Accountable Government Committee, and served on the Board of Directors of Central Iowa Shelter & Services, a Des Moines homeless shelter.
Senator Schneider is also Counsel for Principal Financial Group, where he has worked since 2007. His legal work has involved derivatives, securities, insurance and business law. Before joining Principal, he was a lawyer with the law firm of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC.
Senator Schneider was a member of the 2006-2007 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and of the Des Moines Business Record’s 2007 Forty Under 40 class. He also was a member of the 2003-2004 Leadership Iowa class. In 2011, he received the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Government Leadership Award.
Senator Schneider attended Sacred Heart School and Dowling High School in West Des Moines before his family moved to Newton, where he graduated from Newton Senior High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Creighton University, and his law and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in West Des Moines and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Church.