Henry Rayhons

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Henry V. Rayhons
Henry V. Rayhons - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 8th district
11th (2003 – 2013)
16th (1997 – 2003)
Assumed office
January 13, 1997
Preceded by Clifford Branstad
Personal details
Born (1936-08-05) August 5, 1936 (age 77)
Garner, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marvalyn
Children Carol, Dale, Sara, and Gary
Residence Garner, Iowa
Profession Farmer
Religion Catholic
Website Rayhons's website

Henry V. Rayhons (born August 5, 1936) is the Iowa State Representative from the 8th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 1997, representing the 16th District from 1997 to 2003 and the 11th District from 2003 to 2013. Rayhons was born in Garner, Iowa.

As of January 2013, Rayhons serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Local Government, Public Safety, and Transportation Affairs committees. He also serves as chair of the Natural Resources committee.


Henry Rayhons was first elected in 1996. Henry is a semi-retired farmer from Hancock County. He was born on May 8, 1936, in Garner, Iowa where he currently resides. Henry’s father, Henry, Sr. was a farmer and his mother, Agnes, was a homemaker. He grew up in a large family with four brothers and four sisters.

Henry attended a one-room country school for eight years and graduated from Garner High School in 1954. He did not attend college. However, Henry attended several night classes on farming techniques.

On December 15, 2007, Henry married Donna Young blending their families after the death of Henry’s first wife Marvalyn. Henry has four children, two sons and two daughters. Donna has three daughters. Together, they have 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Henry is active in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan, Iowa. He is the State Treasurer for the Catholic Workmen Association.

Henry is a member of the Lion’s Club, Iowa Dairy Association, Farm Bureau, Iowa Beef Producers, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, and the Iowa Taxpayers Association. Prior to his service in the legislature, Henry was President of the Hancock county Farm Bureau. Additionally, he was a board member of the Iowa Farm Bureau from 1986-1996 and a Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner.

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [17]
District 8
Turnout: 2,564
Republican Henry V. Rayhons* Republican 1,428 55.69%
Bob Dishman Republican 1,021 39.82%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [18]
District 8
Republican (newly redistricted) Henry V. Rayhons* Republican unopposed


  1. ^ "Iowa Primary Election - June 4, 1996" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 418. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Iowa General Election - November 5, 1996" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 448. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  3. ^ "1998primcanv.pdf" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 400. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Iowa General Election - November 3, 1998" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 423. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  5. ^ "June 6, 2000 Primary Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  6. ^ "November 7, 2000 General Election Iowa Official Results, State House of Representatives" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-16. p. 17. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Canvass Summary, 2002 Primary Election 6/4/2002" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-01. p. 6. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Canvass Summary, Final, 2002 General Election 11/5/2002" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 25. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Canvass Summary, Final, 2004 Primary Election 6/8/2004" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Canvass Summary, Final, 2004 General Election 11/2/2004" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  11. ^ "2006 Primary Election, Official Results" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  12. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, Election: 2006 General Election-11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 27. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2008 Primary Election-06-03-2008 Party: All" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2008-06-19. p. 96. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  14. ^ "State of Iowa Official Canvass Summary, November 4, 2008 General Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 36. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Official Results Report, 2010 Primary Election held Tuesday, June 8th 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  16. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held Tuesday, November 2nd 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-11-23. p. 52. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  17. ^ "2012 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 76. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  18. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 54. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clifford Branstad
16th District
1997 – 2003
Succeeded by
Chuck Gipp
Preceded by
Steve Kettering
11th District
2003 – 2013
Succeeded by
Gary Worthan
Preceded by
Tom W. Shaw
8th District
2013 – present
Succeeded by