In 2006, Judge was elected Iowa's lieutenant governor, serving with Gov. Chet Culver. During her term in office she also served the state as the homeland security advisor and was instrumental in coordinating critical response operations during the historic floods of 2008. While in office, she worked to create a task force designed to address issues of racial disparity in Iowa prisons, took a critical look at gender gap in wages and championed the expansion of the state's children's health insurance program and wellness programs.
Since leaving the state capitol in January 2011, Judge has created a consulting company and has assisted many candidates in their bids for elected office.
The Iowa Women's Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW). Awards will be presented to the recipients by San Wong, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights; Phyllis Peters, ICSW chair; and Elizabeth Coonan, chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
The event is free and open to the public. The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. A reception will be held for family and friends of the award recipients in the atrium of the State Historical Building.