|Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 27th district
10th (2002 – Present)
March 18, 2002 – Present
|Preceded by||Merlin Bartz|
September 20, 1954 |
Mason City, Iowa
|Residence||Mason City, Iowa|
Amanda Ragan (born September 20, 1954) is an Iowan State Senator from the 27th District. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served in the Iowa Senate since 2002. In 2016, Ragan was appointed Iowa Dem Senate "Whig". She has also served as the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels and of Community Kitchen of Northern Iowa.
Ragan served on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Appropriation committee; the Natural Resources committee; the Rules and Administration committee; the Veterans Affairs committee; and the Human Resources committee, where she is chair. She also serves on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, where she is vice chair.
Early Life and Education
Ragan was born and raised near Rockwell, and graduated from Rockwell-Swaledale High School. Ragan enrolled in North Iowa Area Community College receiving her A.A. She graduated cum laude from Buena Vista University with a B.A. in Human Services.
Iowa State Senate
Ragan is currently an assistant majority leader in the Senate. Ragan first joined the Senate when she won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by Republican Senator Merlin Bartz's resignation.
In 2005 Ragan was targeted by several groups for her opposition to a proposed amendment banning gay marriage in the state of Iowa.
Ragan was re-elected in 2006 with 15,138 votes (70%), defeating Republican opponent Kenneth D. Young.
In 2008 as chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee Ragan was a direct player in the formulation of health care legislation that would cover more Iowan children and fix health care problems in the state of Iowa.
Ragan was again re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2010. Ragan defeated Republican candidate James Mills by a margin of 12,908 (60.4%) to 8,452 (39.4%).
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- "Family group says Iowa lawmakers trying to quash gay marriage debate, vote | News | wcfcourier.com". wcfcourier.com. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- "Iowa Secretary of State - Paul D. Pate | 2006 Iowa State Senate elections data" (PDF). sos.state.ia.us. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- "Lawmakers prepare for health care debate | Mason City & North Iowa | globegazette.com". globegazette.com. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- State of Iowa Official Results, 2010 General Election
- Senator Amanda Ragan official Iowa Legislature site
- Senator Amanda Ragan official Iowa General Assembly site
- State Senator Amanda Ragan official constituency site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
March 18, 2002 – January 10, 2005
January 10, 2005 – January 14, 2013