Andy McGuire

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Andy McGuire
Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party
In office
January 17, 2015 – January 21, 2017
Preceded byScott Brennan
Succeeded byDerek Eadon
Personal details
Born (1956-11-26) November 26, 1956 (age 62)
Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dan McGuire
EducationCreighton University (BS, MD)
Kennesaw State University (MBA)

Andrea "Andy" McGuire (born November 26, 1956) is an American politician. She served as Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) chair;[1] elected in January 2015 for a two-year term by the Party’s State Central Committee.[2][3][4] Prior to becoming the Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, McGuire ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor.[3]

She was a candidate in the Democratic Party primary for Governor of Iowa in the 2018 election.[5]

Early life[edit]

McGuire was born in Waterloo, Iowa.[6] She was the fifth of six children. She graduated with honors from West High in 1975.

In 1978, McGuire graduated with honors from Creighton University with a degree in Chemistry. She continued onto Medical School at Creighton and graduated with a Medical Doctorate from Creighton University School of Medicine.[7] There were 11 women in her class. McGuire remembers this time as one where women were not encouraged to become physicians.[citation needed]

After graduation, McGuire went to St. Louis for her medical internship and residency. She did a rotation at St. Johns in St. Louis for a year and then worked at a walk-in clinic for a year which helped to pay off her student loans. After that, she went into a Nuclear Medicine Residency for the next three years at the Veteran’s Administration and St. Louis University Medical Center.

In 1999, McGuire pursued an MBA from Kennesaw State University[7] near Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated in 2001 with a Master’s in Business Administration Physician Executives at Michael Cole School of Business.

Career and Family[edit]

While attending Creighton University, McGuire met fellow student Dan McGuire of Holstein, Iowa and they married.

In 1987, McGuire followed her husband, currently an orthopedic spine surgeon, to his spine fellowship in Springfield, Illinois. There she worked part-time with a radiology group. In the meantime, McGuire also landed another job at Washington University.

After several years working in nuclear medicine and publishing in her field, McGuire and her husband moved back to Iowa to raise their children. In short time, McGuire found work at the Des Moines Veterans Administration before becoming Medical Director at Wellmark Insurance.

McGuire left Wellmark to become Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical and Network Management/Risk Selection at American Republic Insurance Company (which later became American Enterprise).[7] McGuire headed up disease management, case management division, managed the network of doctors across the United States, and headed up the pharmacy to make sure insureds could get medications for their illness.[citation needed]

In 2012, McGuire was asked to be the President of Meridian of Iowa, a Medicaid managed care company.[8] Under McGuire’s leadership, Meridian doubled immunizations rates and prenatal care.[9] After three years of leading Meridian, McGuire left the company[9] to become the IDP chair.

Currently, McGuire lives with her husband in Des Moines, Iowa. They have seven children,[10] and one grandchild.


On January 17, 2015, Mcguire was elected by the Iowa Democratic Party's State Central Committee as chair of the party on the third round of balloting.[11] During her term as chair McGuire raised more than $2 million for the IDP, traveled to all of Iowa’s 99 counties, and formed the Caucus Committee to recommend changes and improvements to the Iowa caucuses.[12]

McGuire's tenure as chair was not without controversy. Her 1st Vice Chair, Danny Homan, resigned his seat over her failure to reunite the party's Sanders and Clinton factions after a statistically tied and contended 2016 caucus.[13][14]

In April 2017 McGuire announced her candidacy for Governor of Iowa.[6] Her announced endorsements include former U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell, former lowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell, former Senate leader Mike Gronstal and attorney Roxanne Conlin.[10]


  1. ^ "Party Leadership & Staff". Iowa Democratic Party. Archived from the original on November 24, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  2. ^ desmoinesdem (January 17, 2015). "Three pros and three cons of Andy McGuire as Iowa Democratic Party chair (updated)". Retrieved November 22, 2016. Earlier today the Iowa Democratic Party’s State Central Committee selected Dr. Andy McGuire to lead the party for the next two years.
  3. ^ a b Bowen, Jenifer (April 14, 2015). "Some Fun Facts About the New Iowa Democratic Party Chair". Caffeinated Thoughts. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Boshart, Rod (Jan 17, 2015). "Iowa Democrats elect chairwoman". Sioux City Journal. Des Moines Bureau. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Former Iowa Democratic Chair Announces Campaign for Governor, 10 April 2017
  6. ^ a b Henderson, O. Kay (April 10, 2017). "Former party chair Andy McGuire launches campaign for governor". Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Andrea McGuire". University of Iowa. 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Gardyasz, Joe (April 13, 2012). "LAUNCH: Meridian Health Plan of Iowa". Business Record. Business Record. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "McGuire Steps Down as President of Meridian Health Plan" (Press release). Meridian Health Plan. March 3, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Noble, Jason (April 10, 2017). "Andy McGuire is running for Iowa governor". The Des Moines Register. USA Today Network. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Three pros and three cons of Andy McGuire as Iowa Democratic Party chair". Jan 17, 2015. Retrieved Sep 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Borg, Dean (June 24, 2016). "Iowa Party Chairs". Iowa Press. Episode 4340. 29 minutes in. Iowa Public Television. ip_20160624_4340.rtf. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Top Iowa Democrat Airs Grievances Over Outging Chairwoman". Jan 26, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "'Something smells:' Des Moines Register calls for audit of Iowa Dem caucus". Retrieved September 20, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Brennan
Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Derek Eadon