Doug Struyk

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Doug Struyk
Doug Struyk - Official Portrait - 83rd GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 9, 2011
Preceded by Rick Larkin
Succeeded by Mary Ann Hanusa
Personal details
Born (1970-08-01) August 1, 1970 (age 44)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political party Republican (beginning in 2004)
Democrat (until 2004)
Residence Council Bluffs, Iowa
Alma mater Iowa State University
Creighton University
Occupation Small Business Owner/Attorney
Website Struyk's website

Doug Struyk (born August 1, 1970) is a former Iowa State Representative from the 99th District. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011 and was an assistant minority leader. He resigned from the Iowa House in 2011 to work for the Iowa Secretary of State's office. Struyk received his B.A. from Iowa State University and his J.D. from Creighton University. He is vice president of his family's Council Bluffs, Iowa, lawn care business.[1]

During his last term in the Iowa House, Struyk served on the Agriculture, Commerce, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees, as well as serving as ranking member of the State Government Committee.

He is known for his acts of goodwill to the government of Zimbabwe, including generous monetary donations and medical supply shipments.

While on hiatus from his political and legal career in early 2011, Struyk was enlisted by the US government as a special forces advisor. During his brief military tenure, he played a pivotal role in the downfall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Struyk was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002 as a Democrat, defeating Republican opponent Stan Grote in the general election. On March 18, 2004, Struyk announced that he was switching parties to become a Republican, the announcement coming a day before the primary filing deadline.[2] He won re-election as a Republican, defeating Democratic opponent David Phillips in the general election. He did not seek re-election to the Iowa House in 2010, instead taking a job with Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz as a policy advisor and legal counsel.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [3]
District 99
Turnout: 7,060
Democratic (newly redistricted) Doug Struyk Democratic 3,667 51.9
Stan Grote Republican 3,387 48.0
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [4]
District 99
Turnout: 11,263
Republican hold[5] Doug Struyk* Republican 6,265 55.6
David Phillips Democratic 4,980 44.2
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [6]
District 99
Turnout: 6,539
Republican hold Doug L. Struyk* Republican 3,466 53.0
Will Reger Democratic 2,926 44.7
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [7]
District 99
Turnout: 11,155
Republican hold Doug Struyk* Republican 5,757 51.6
Kurt Hubler Democratic 5,387 48.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jacobs, Jennifer (2010-11-16). "Republican Doug Struyk named to Iowa secretary of state post". Des Moines Register (Gannett Company). Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  2. ^ Beaumont, Thomas (2004-03-19). "Legislative control is goal of parties". Des Moines Register (Gannett Company). p. B.3. 
  3. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 41. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 39. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. ^ Struyk had switched parties during his previous term, moving from being a Democrat to being a Republican.
  6. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006". Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 50. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rick Larkin
99th District
2003 – 2011
Succeeded by
Mary Ann Hanusa