Staci Appel

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Staci Appel
Iowa Senator Staci Appel
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 37th district
Senate Assistant Majority Leader
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 10, 2011
Preceded by Doug Shull
Succeeded by Kent Sorenson
Chair, State Government Committee
Vice Chair, Education Committee
Vice Chair, Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee
Personal details
Born 4/19/1966
Waterloo, Iowa[1]
Political party Iowa Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Brent R. Appel
Children Six children: Theodore, Jacob, Isaac, Olivia, Michael, Samuel
Residence Ackworth, Iowa
Religion United Methodist
Website Appel's website

Staci Lynn Appel (born 19 April 1966) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Iowa. She is married to Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent R. Appel. She served in the Iowa Senate as the Assistant Majority Leader from 2007 to 2011 representing the 37th District.

She is currently running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives for Iowa's 3rd congressional district. Appel has stated that the main issues she wishes to cover in Congress are: Education, Women's Health, Alternative Energy, Middle Class Priorities, Jobs & the Economy, & Farming & Agriculture.

If elected, she would be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Staci Appel was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and attended Iowa City West High School.[3]

Appel's husband, Brent R. Appel, serves on the Iowa Supreme Court. Brent and Staci have six children.[4]

Appel, her husband, and their six children live on a farm in rural Ackworth, Iowa, an agricultural community outside of Indianola, Iowa.[5]


Appel worked as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and UBS Paine Webber.

Appel has worked as a Sunday school teacher at the First United Methodist Church, in Ackworth.[6]

On August 9, 2013, Appel attended the "Madam President" conference with other leading female politicians from around the Midwestern United States. The conference discussed the prospects of electing the first woman to the office of President of the United States.[7]

Iowa Senate[edit]

Senator Appel's official portrait from the 82nd General Assembly.

Appel served on several committees in the Iowa Senate – the Agriculture committee; the State Government committee; the Ways and Means committee; and the Education committee, where she was vice chair. She also served as vice chair of the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.

Appel was elected in 2006 with 12,827 votes (50%), defeating Republican opponent Julian B. Garrett by 772 votes.[8]

As of July 2010, Appel sponsored 47 bills and 17 resolutions.[9]

Appel's first bill SF1 was to raise the minimum wage in Iowa to $7.25. Appel co-sponsored SR 134, "A resolution to honor Ms. Roxanne Barton Conlin for over four decades of service as an activist, community leader, and attorney advocate for the people" in 2008.

During her time in the State Senate Appel worked to pass the Equal Pay For Equal Work Act[10]

As a member of the Iowa Senate, Appel was appointed to be the Assistant Majority Leader.

Appel lost her bid for re-election to state Representative Kent Sorenson in 2010,[4] who won the election by a 58% to 40% margin.[11]

2014 U.S. Congressional election[edit]

Staci Appel & her husband, Justice Brent Appel.

Appel is running for Congress in Iowa's 3rd congressional district; the current incumbent is Republican congressman Tom Latham.[12] Appel has been endorsed by EMILY's List[13] and AFSCME.[14]

If elected, Appel would be the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress.[2][15]

On December 17, 2013, Tom Latham announced he would not be running for reelection.


  1. ^ Ferguson, Danielle (2014-01-13). "Congressional candidate Staci Appel visits Ames - Iowa State Daily: News". Iowa State Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  2. ^ a b Voorhees, Josh (2013-08-12). "Hillary-Iowa: Iowa has never elected a female governor, senator or house member". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Staci Appel - Iowa State Senate, Iowa City". 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  4. ^ a b Jacobs, Jennifer (July 8, 2013). "In video, Democrat Staci Appel says she’d ‘get things done’ in Congress". Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "State Senator". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Town Hall Meeting Electing Woman President | Video". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. ^ Official Results. 2006 General Elections, State of Iowa, November 26, 2006
  9. ^ Bills Sponsored by Senator APPEL. (April 14, 2008). Retrieved on March 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "N. Warren Town and County News July 18, 2013 Page11". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ AP (July 8, 2013). "Former Iowa Sen. Staci Appel to run for Congress". KIMT. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ Noble, Jason (July 22, 2013). "Congressional candidate Staci Appel wins Emily’s List recognition". Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ Petroski, William (July 23, 2013). "Iowa AFSCME, representing 40,000 public employees, backs Pat Murphy for 1st District Congress; Staci Appel for 3rd District Congress". Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ Featured Writers (2013-08-04). "Obradovich: An Iowa woman in Congress? | A Better Iowa". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 

External links[edit]

Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Doug Shull
37th District
Succeeded by
Kent Sorenson