June 5, 2019 12:06 PM
Dane Lisser

Dr. Laura Zimmerman elected new chair for Macon County Democratic Party

Dr. Laura Zimmerman '05, assistant professor of biology at Millikin University, has been elected the new chair for the Macon County Democratic Party becoming the first woman to hold the title. Dr. Zimmerman has a strong interest in science policy and is also a member of the Macon County Board serving on the Environment, Education, Health and Welfare Committees.

As a faculty member at Millikin, Dr. Zimmerman's research interests include ecological immunology and aging of the immune system. She uses turtles to examine the effects of the environment, age and other factors on their immune responses.

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"I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the Democratic Party," Zimmerman said in a statement to the Herald & Review. "I feel we have a lot to offer and I look forward to sharing our ideas and values with Macon County."

Dr. Zimmerman joins an all-female leadership team for the local party organization. They are Executive Vice Chair Amy Rueff, Secretary Helena Buckner and Treasurer April Kostenski.

A 2005 graduate of Millikin University, Dr. Zimmerman majored in biology with a minor in chemistry as an undergraduate. She earned a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Biology from Illinois State University. While at Millikin, she was a member of the 2005 National Champion Millikin University women's basketball team.