Barbara Hames-Bryant is President of a three-generation family housing business based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hames – The Homes People ®, founded in 1969, provides beautiful, affordable factory-built homes for Eastern Iowans, as well as manufactured housing communities, financing, insurance and site-built homes.
Barbara is current President of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women, 2018-2019 President of Five Seasons Republican Women in Linn County, and was Treasurer 2014-2017. As president of the FSRW she and the Board developed a new web site, created a membership directory, planned well-attended monthly events, encouraged active volunteerism, and grew 34% in membership. Barbara is also a current board member of Linn Eagles Republican PAC and member of the Cedar Rapids Metro Alliance Business Support Council.
Barbara and her family actively help local, county, state and national GOP candidates, mainly through fundraising and events. As her late father, Curt Hames, would say, “Politics is not a spectator sport. If you don’t get involved, you deserve the government that you get.”
Barbara has her BA in Economics and Spanish, with a minor in Management, from Drake University. She holds a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. After working in banking and software in the Phoenix area, she moved with her husband, Dan Bryant, and children Kelly and Sean back to Iowa in 2000.