Roger Thomas (politician)

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Roger D. Thomas
Roger Thomas - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 55 district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 13, 2003
Preceded by Lee Rekow
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 32nd and 24th district
In office
January 13, 1997 – January 7, 2001
Preceded by Roger Halvorson
Succeeded by Leigh Rekow
Personal details
Born (1950-12-13) December 13, 1950 (age 64)
Oelwein, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rosemary
Children Rob, Ryan, and Rachelle
Residence Elkader, Iowa
Alma mater Upper Iowa University, Fayette IA
Occupation Economic Development Director
Religion Lutheran
Website Thomas's website

Roger D. Thomas (born December 13, 1950) is the Iowa State Representative from the 55th District. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001 in the 32nd District and since 2003 to2011 in the 24th District. He received his BS from Upper Iowa University.

As of September 2011, Thomas serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs, and Ways and Means committees. He also serves as ranking member of the Economic Growth Committee and as a member of the Economic Development Authority Board. His prior political experience includes service as a trustee for Northeast Iowa Community College.

Electoral history[edit]

Thomas was first elected in 1996, defeating incumbent Republican Roger Halvorson. He left his House seat in 2001, in an unsuccessful bid for the Iowa Senate's 16th District, following incumbent Republican Lyle Zieman's retirement from the Senate. He lost the election to Republican Mark Zieman, the former senator's son. He was succeeded in the 32nd District by Republican Leigh Rekow. He contested the newly redrawn 24th District in 2003, defeating Rekow.

On March 13, 2014 Thomas announced he would not seek reelection to the Iowa House.[1]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [6]
District 24
Turnout: 10,199
Democratic (newly redistricted) Roger Thomas Democratic 5,649 55.4
Leigh A. Rekow*[5] Republican 4,548 44.6
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [7]
District 24
Turnout: 13,672
Democratic hold Roger Thomas* Democratic 7,563 55.3
Gale Severson Republican 6,105 44.7
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [8]
District 24
Democratic hold Roger Thomas* Democratic unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [9]
District 24
Democratic hold Roger Thomas* Democratic unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [10]
District 24
Turnout: 10,685
Democratic hold Roger Thomas* Democratic 5,282 49.4
Michael Breitbach Republican 5,160 48.3

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Roger Halvorson
32nd District
1997 – 2001
Succeeded by
Leigh Rekow
Preceded by
Willard Jenkins
24th District
2003 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent