Vergene Donovan, an active member of the Republican Party in Iowa, grew up in Spencer, Iowa, and graduated from Spencer High School in 1941. She has been very active in her church and community of the Spirit Lake area on local boards and committees. A member of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women, she edited the Federation's newsletter, The Iowa Indicator. In 1995, Donovan was presented the John McDonald award for outstanding service to the Republican Party by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. She has helped steer campaigns for Republican candidates on both the local and state levels.