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State Chairman

Jeff Kaufmann

Chairman Jeff Kaufmann served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013, including six years in leadership positions in the GOP caucus and two years as Speaker Pro Tem. During his tenure in the Iowa House, he developed a record as a fiscal conservative, Second Amendment defender and a tireless advocate of property rights. Kaufmann represented a competitive district and built a reputation as a consensus problem-solver and constituent advocate. During half of his time in the legislature, Democrats outnumbered Republicans in his district, and Kaufmann maintained working relationships across the aisle.

Kaufmann served eight years on the Ways and Means Committee, and he authored a key anti-eminent domain bill that culminated in a landmark conservative victory overriding a veto by former Democrat Gov. Tom Vilsack. As an Assistant Republican Leader and Speaker Pro Tem, Kaufmann worked with his colleagues to turn around the state’s fiscal house after financial mismanagement by the administration of former Democrat Gov. Chet Culver.

As a member of the House leadership team, Kaufmann engaged in candidate recruitment, raised more than $500,000 for candidates and spoke at events across the state for more than 70 candidates. In 2010, Kaufmann was part of the campaign leadership team that helped elect 60 House Republicans to the chamber.

Kaufmann, 51, is a seventh-generation livestock farmer. He is a department chair at Muscatine Community College, where he teaches history and government. Kaufmann has a 4.8 A+ score on ratemyprofessors.com. In 2012, Kaufmann was honored as Iowa’s faculty member of the year by the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. He obtained his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Prior to his legislative career, Kaufmann was a Township Trustee and president of the Wilton School Board. Currently, he is a member of the Cedar County Board of Supervisors.

Jeff and his wife, Vicki, have been married for 29 years. They raised three sons: Bobby, a state representative in House District 73; Jacob, a University of Iowa student; and John, a University of Iowa student and chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans.


National Committeewoman

Tamara Scott

National Committeeman

Steve Scheffler

PRESENT

  • National Committeeman, Iowa Republican State Committee, 2008 – Present  
  • President, Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • Board Member, Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • Board of Directors, National Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • Board Member, Iowa Christian Alliance

PREVIOUS

  • Member, Iowa Republican State Committee, 1992-2008
  • Member, Country Central Committee

RNC ACTIVITY

  • RNC Rules Committee, 2009
  • Delegate, RNC Republican National Convention, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • RNC Credentials Committee, Republican National Convention, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • RNC Permanent Organization Committee, Republican National Convention, 1996
  • RNC Platform Committee, Republican National Convention, 1992
  • Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1988

Executive Director

Chad Olsen

Governor

Kimberly Kay Reynolds

Governor Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 43rd Governor.  Prior to taking office on May 24, 2017, she served as Iowa’s 45th lt. governor from 2011-2017.   Gov. Reynolds truly understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, job creation, education, and technology.

Gov. Reynolds is committed to Building a Better Iowa by focusing on the following priorities:                  

  • Creating a competitive business climate
  • Developing the most innovative energy policy in the country
  • Educating our children for a knowledge economy
  • Training Iowans for the jobs of tomorrow

Since 2011, Gov. Reynolds has helped attract more than $14 billion in private investment to the state.  Companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, CJ Bio America, Cargill, Mid-American, Alliant Energy, CF Industries, and Valent Biosciences, have chosen to locate or expand in our state.  Many of these efforts have been a result of establishing long-term relationships overseas that result in increased exports, more foreign direct investment and new jobs for Iowans.  In fact, 1 in 5 Iowa jobs are attributed to international trade. 

Gov. Reynolds’ international trade missions have taken her to China, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand in pursuit of more rewarding careers for Iowans.  During her tenure as lieutenant governor, Gov. Reynolds used her in-depth understanding of Iowa’s small towns and urban communities to continually move Iowa forward with bold economic development initiatives. 

She has led many of these important state initiatives including:

  • Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress – an advisory body comprised of CEOs who are focused on job creation, increasing family incomes and enlarging Iowa’s gross state product. 
  • Future Ready Iowa Alliance – an alliance tasked with developing and recommending a strategic plan to accomplish the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70% of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. 
  • Governor’s STEM Advisory Council – a council dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans.  Gov. Reynolds has worked tirelessly to provide access to STEM for students, especially the underrepresented and underserved.   She was named one of the nation’s “100 leaders in STEM.”
  • Iowa Energy Plan – a group putting together a foundation to maximize and realize Iowa’s economic potential, building on past energy successes and laying the ground work necessary to reaffirm Iowa’s energy leadership into the future.   

In April 2017, Iowa Workforce Development announced that the state of Iowa’s unemployment had fallen to 3.1%, well below the national average and 8th lowest in the country.

Gov. Reynolds has committed to visiting all of Iowa’s 99 counties to learn about how Iowa can become an even stronger state. Whether it’s meeting with business owners or rural farmers, she embraces the opportunity to gain insights into their concerns or encourage collaboration.

She and her husband Kevin reside in Osceola. They are proud parents to three grown daughters: Nicole (Ryan Springer), Jen (Jason Fagan), and Jess (Scot Enger), and have eight grandchildren. 

Lieutenant Governor

Adam Gregg

Adam Gregg serves as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa. He was appointed to the position by Governor Kim Reynolds on May 25, 2017.

When he was selected, Adam was serving in the Branstad-Reynolds cabinet as the State Public Defender, a position he was appointed to by the governor in 2014. In this role, Adam led a 220-employee organization with a nearly $60-million budget, focused on providing the Constitutional right to counsel for Iowans.

Through innovative leadership, he used existing resources to create a new division within the Office of the State Public Defender to investigate potential wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system. During his time as State Public Defender, average processing times improved by 78 percent, from 44.8 days to 9.7 days in just over two years.

He modernized the agency by moving processes online, improving efficiency while increasing the ability to detect and investigate fraudulent claims for taxpayer dollars. Gregg was proud to support drug courts, mental health courts and veterans courts throughout the state, which are innovative specialty courts that focus on treatment and recovery rather than punishment and imprisonment.

From 2013-14, Gregg served in the governor’s office as the legislative liaison and policy advisor. In this role he helped in the crafting and adoption of the Governor’s bipartisan budget and policy agenda over the course of the 85th General Assembly. He assisted in navigating a balanced budget, transformational education reform and the largest tax cut in Iowa history, among other priorities. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he practiced at the BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines. He was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 2014.

Gregg graduated in 2009 with high honors from Drake University Law School, where he received the institution’s prestigious Opperman Scholarship. While there, he earned the faculty’s William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the individual who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner. While in school, Gregg conducted legal research in his capacity as an Iowa Supreme Court Scholar with Chief Justice Mark Cady and was a staff member for the Drake Law Review. One spring break, he and a team of law students went to New Orleans to conduct pro bono legal work post-Hurricane Katrina.

Gregg earned his B.A. from Central College in 2006, graduating first in his class with degrees in Political Science and History. Gregg’s experience at Central College included internships with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Congress and United Kingdom Parliament.

Gregg is a graduate of West Sioux High School and a native of Hawarden, Iowa. He resides in Johnston with his wife, Cari, and their two children, a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. He and his family are active members and volunteers in Johnston River of Life Methodist Church and Meals from the Heartland events. He also coaches his son’s flag football team.

Senator

Joni Ernst

Senator Joni Ernst has dedicated her life to Iowa and her country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate.

In November 2014, Joni was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Joni serves on four Senate committees of major importance to Iowans: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Joni is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently which means cutting out-of-control spending, reducing taxes, eliminating harmful regulations and balancing the budget.

Born and raised on a farm in Montgomery County, Joni’s parents instilled in her the values important to Iowans: hard work, service and sacrifice. As a mother, soldier and independent voice, Joni is committed to bringing these values to Washington, D.C.

Joni received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University where she joined the university’s ROTC program. After graduating, Joni joined the U.S. Army Reserves. In 2003, Joni served as a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, leading 150 Iowa Army National Guardsmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joni retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard after 23 years of military service.

Known for her independent leadership and commitment to public service, Joni previously served as the Montgomery County Auditor where she worked to eliminate wasteful government spending and protect taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. As a state senator, Joni fought to balance the state budget and helped turn Iowa’s $900 million budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus. In addition to her work to balance the budget, Joni worked tirelessly to grow jobs and the economy, cut taxes, improve education, and reduce the role of government in Iowans’ lives.

Joni resides in Red Oak, Iowa with her husband Gail and their daughter Libby.

Senator

Charles Grassley

Senator Grassley has earned a reputation in Iowa for keeping in touch with the people he represents and in Washington for standing up for common sense and holding government accountable.

Chuck Grassley does his job with a work ethic that can be traced to the Butler County farm where he grew up and still lives today, and to his days as a young father of five who worked three jobs.

Today, Senator Grassley holds the record for the longest record of not missing a vote of any senator in office, showing respect for the public trust he holds.  Senator Grassley also has conducted at least one meeting in each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year that he’s served in the United States Senate, to encourage participation in the process of representative government.  Grassley stays connected by responding to every phone call, letter and email from Iowans, and by communicating with Iowans extensively online via Facebook, Twitter and his own website, as well.

In Washington, Senator Grassley has been a leader in shaping legislation to improve the quality of life for Americans and to expand the economic opportunities for individuals, families and communities.

Grassley serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he works for a competitive marketplace with antitrust enforcement and tort reform, to reward innovation and invention with an updated patent system, and for legal immigration that will help America’s economy grow.  Grassley has led a campaign to open up the federal judiciary by allowing cameras in courtrooms, and he is unmatched in his legislative and oversight work to protect whistleblowers, both in and out of government, who speak up about wrongdoing for the public good.  Grassley is an advocate for victims of crime and a leader in the fight to keep illegal drugs out of the hands of young people.  He leads efforts to safeguard America’s freedom with effective anti-terrorism and domestic security policies.

Previously, as Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Senator Grassley led through Congress $2 trillion in tax cuts, leaving more money in workers’ pockets, making the tax code more progressive, and spurring economic growth and activity.  Grassley is an outspoken advocate for free trade agreements that expand opportunities for job-creating U.S. exports in manufacturing and agriculture.  He’s a leader in the development of wind, solar, biodiesel, biomass and ethanol as domestic, renewable energy sources to help fuel America’s future.  Senator Grassley authored the Senate bill that created the Medicare prescription drug benefit, bringing the program up-to-date with the practice of medicine and better enabling treatment outside of expensive hospital stays.  He’s a leading advocate to improve the foster care system and help more kids find permanent, loving homes through adoption.

Grassley also serves as a senior member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, where he applies his personal frugality to the public purse, and on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he brings real-life experience as a family farmer to farm policy.

Along with legislation, Senator Grassley commits tremendous time and energy to congressional oversight.  He works to shed light on the federal bureaucracy.  He champions transparency when it comes to the people's business.  Whistleblower laws authored by Senator Grassley are the federal government's no. 1 anti-fraud tool.  Thanks to Grassley’s ongoing legislative victories to protect whistleblowers, taxpayers have gotten back more than $28 billion that would otherwise have been lost to fraud.  Grassley’s congressional oversight holds accountable those who do business on the taxpayers' tab.

He’s leading efforts to make sure the Securities and Exchange Commission protects investors and America’s financial system.  He weeds out fraudulent schemes that bilk billions of dollars from the Medicare program and rides herd on Medicare and Medicaid officials to ensure quality care in nursing homes and program accountability for both taxpayers and beneficiaries.  He exposes federal farm payments made to deceased farmers and exorbitant payment mismanagement and oversight at the Pentagon.

Grassley also led efforts to oversee the unprecedented taxpayer-backed bailouts.  It was Chuck Grassley who figured out that the now infamous claim by the Treasury Department and GM that a multi-billion dollar taxpayer loan that had been paid back in full and ahead of schedule was nothing more than a shell game being played with taxpayer dollars.Grassley's pursuit of accountability has crisscrossed virtually every federal agency.  When a federal law enforcement agent on the Southwest border was killed on the job, Chuck Grassley demanded information and accountability from the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives about its high-risk program, which allowed guns into the hands of the illegal aliens shooting at our agents.  Grassley has called attention to the FDA's approval of potentially unsafe foreign-made medical devices and refereed turf wars between federal agencies that compromise U.S. border security.  He’s examined abusive practices by tax-advantaged non-profits and shut down offshore tax shelters exploited by corporate elites.

Chuck Grassley's time-tested blend of pragmatism and integrity gives him a license simply to tell it like it is.  He brings a refreshing, no-nonsense style that displaces Washington nonsense with Midwestern substance.  Chuck Grassley served in the Iowa legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives before winning election to the Senate for the first time in 1980.  Grassley's creed of ethics and accountability gives Iowans strong and effective leadership.

Congressman

David Young

Congressman David Young is proud to represent Iowa's Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now is the time for real action, because the hardworking taxpayers deserve better. 

David got to work the moment he came to Washington and was appointed to serve on the influential House Appropriations Committee, giving him an opportunity to read the fine print and shake up Washington. He is the only Member of the Iowa delegation, House and Senate, on the powerful Committee which is responsible for writing legislation that allocates funding to federal agencies and departments. His most important priority – to be a diligent watchdog of Iowans' hard earned tax dollars. 

People in Iowa and across the country are frustrated with how dysfunctional Washington has become. Imagine a Washington where the hardworking taxpayers and common sense solutions are put first. David understands and has heard this message; his mission is to make government more efficient, effective, and accountable.

David also serves on three Appropriation Subcommittees with direct impact on Iowans. He has been assigned to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture,Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Financial Services and General Government.

As a sixth generation Iowan, born on May 11, 1968, David has deep roots in the Hawkeye State. His family homesteaded in Pocahontas County in 1881. Emigrating from Germany, they were drawn to America by the promise of freedom, liberty, and by the endless opportunity available to anyone who works hard. The grandson of a tenant farmer and a preacher who built a church in Laurel, David learned early on Iowan values and what it meant to have an Iowan work ethic.
 
Growing up in Van Meter, David played little league baseball and was a paperboy in town. Eventually, his family moved to Johnston and he worked summers at the Iowa State Fair.

Upon graduating from high school, David attended his father's and grandmother's alma mater, Buena Vista College. He eventually went on to graduate from Drake University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. 

After Drake University, David began his life as a public servant working as a legislative and policy aide in Iowa and on Capitol Hill.

Most recently, David served the people of Iowa as chief of staff to Senator Chuck Grassley. As Chief of Staff, David spent every single day working on behalf of Iowans. He listened to their concerns, developed solutions, and navigated the federal bureaucracy to get results. Dealing with government should not be that hard. Government exists to serve the people, not the other way around.

Throughout David's career in the U.S. Senate, he heard from Iowans worried about burdensome regulations, the skyrocketing national debt, long-term unemployment, and mounting government scandals. David decided that with his experience working for Senator Grassley, he was prepared to meet these daunting challenges, make the tough choices, and get something done.
 
Like most Iowans, David is driven to fix problems. He knows how Washington works and he knows where Washington is failing to work. His experience will go to work for Iowans – as their voice, their representative in the halls of Congress.  

Congressman

Rod Blum

A lifelong Iowan, Rod Blum put himself through college, earning a B.A. in finance from
Loras College and an M.B.A. from the University of Dubuque. After graduating he
entered the software industry, eventually becoming President and CEO of Dubuque-
based Eagle Point software.

Rod's company grew from 5 to over 300 employees in just five years and as a result Rod was awarded Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Iowa Exporter of the Year by Governor Branstad. His company went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange in 1995 and was named an INC 500 fastest growing company in America 3 times.

Rod also served on the board of American Trust & Savings bank as chair of the commercial credit committee for 15 years, a $1 billion Iowa-based bank. He is currently the CEO and owner of Digital Canal Software and owns a real estate development company as well. Before running for office, Rod also served as Dubuque County Republican Chairman, a volunteer high school basketball coach, and was a columnist for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

In his second term as a member of Congress, Rep. Blum represents the First District of Iowa. He serves on the Small Business Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade, and also serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Congressman

Steve King

Congressman Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron since 1976 and are members of St. Martin's Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and seven grandchildren.

King studied math and science at Northwest Missouri State University. He started King Construction in 1975 and built the business up from one bulldozer. He brings valuable knowledge to Congress as an agribusinessman and a small business owner for 28 years. King's oldest son now owns the construction business.

He served in the Iowa State Senate for six years. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business and Labor Committee, the Commerce Committees, and chair of the State Government Committee. He worked in the State Senate to successfully eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa. 

King was elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa's Fifth Congressional District. During the 2012 election cycle, Iowa was redistricted to four districts. King now represents the Fourth Congressional District in the 114th Congress which includes: Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer. He brings personal experience, Constitutional principles, traditional marriage and family values and the perspective of representing one of the top producing agriculture districts in the nation to the people of Iowa's Fourth Congressional District.

King serves on the Agriculture Committee. He has long been dedicated to adding value as close to the corn stalk and bean stem as possible, as many times as possible. King's very first bill in Congress was an expansion of a tax credit to small ethanol and biodiesel producers. His language was included in the Energy Users Act of 2005, which President George W. Bush signed into law. He sits on the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and Conservation and Forestry Subcommittees.

As 97% of Iowa's businesses are small business, King serves on the House Small Business Committee so he can work to restrict government regulations that impede the growth of business and jobs. He brings with him to the Committee firsthand knowledge of challenges faced by small business owners. He also sits on the following Subcommittees within Small Business: Agriculture, Energy and Trade; Healthcare and Technology; Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access; Contracting and Workforce.

King is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read with the intent of our Founding Fathers in mind. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket. He is a strong advocate of the Rule of Law and enforcing our borders. King is a full-spectrum, Constitutional Conservative. 

King, for more than a decade, has chaired the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus that has become the conscience of Constitutional conservatives in the U.S. Congress.

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