Gary Worthan

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Gary Worthan
Gary Worthan - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 11th district
52nd (2007 – 2013)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Mary Lou Freeman
Personal details
Born (1954-01-11) January 11, 1954 (age 60)
Storm Lake, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jan
Children 3 children
Residence Storm Lake, Iowa
Alma mater Iowa State University
Profession Farmer
Website Worthan's website

Gary Worthan (born January 11, 1954) is the Iowa State Representative from the 11th District. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2007, having won a December 13, 2006 special election to replace the deceased Mary Lou Freeman, who had run unopposed in the general election.[1][2] Smith was born and lives in Storm Lake, Iowa. He has an A.A. in farm operations from Iowa State University.

As of January 2013, Worthan serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Appropriations committee, the Judiciary committee, the Public Safety committee, and the Veterans Affairs committee. He also serves as chair of the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee.

Biography[edit]

Gary was elected in 2006. He was born in Storm Lake in 1954 and grew up in Truesdale which is just north of Storm Lake. He graduated from Albert City/Truedale High School.

Worthan has served in various capacities within the Farm Bureau, and has an Associate’s Degree in Farm Operations from Iowa State University. He is a 4th generation family farmer. His Great-grandfather purchased the land that he farms in 1878 from the railroad.

Gary and his wife Jan have been married for over 30 years and they have 3 sons. Ryan is a major in the US Army and has been on four combat deployments and has been awarded two Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. Gabe works on the farm with Gary and is a large truck mechanic. Shannon is a Captain in the 3rd Ranger Battalion in the US Army and served on three combat deployments with his fourth coming up. He was awarded the Bronze Star during his last deployment in Iraq.

He and his wife, Jan, started a military family support group several years ago when their oldest son was first deployed. The group had as many as 40 members that met regularly.

Gary serves on the Buena Vista County Extension Council, the Buena Vista County 4-H Committee and is a board member of the Buena Vista Cattleman’s Association.

Electoral history[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives special election, 2006 [1]
District 52
Republican hold Gary Worthan Republican 2,003
Kate Logan Democratic 791
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2008 [3]
District 52
Republican Gary Worthan* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2008 [4]
District 52
Turnout: 11,917
Republican hold Gary Worthan* Republican 7,362 61.78%
Russell P. Camerer Democratic 3,843 32.24%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2010 [5]
District 52
Republican Gary Worthan* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2010 [6]
District 52
Turnout: 8,635
Republican hold Gary Worthan* Republican 6,076 70.36%
Danuta Hutchins Democratic 2,175 25.19%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [7]
District 11
Republican Gary Worthan* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [8]
District 11
Republican (newly redistricted) Gary Worthan* Republican unopposed

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mary Lou Freeman
52nd District
2007 – 2013
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
Henry Rayhons
11th District
2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent