Brad Zaun

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Brad Zaun
Brad Zaun - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
January 10, 2005
Preceded by Jack Holveck
Personal details
Born 1961/1962 (age 53–54)
Des Moines, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dede
Children Five children
Residence Urbandale, Iowa
Alma mater University of Iowa
Occupation Vice President - R&R Realty Marketing Group
Website Zaun's website

Bradley Zaun (R-Urbandale) is an Iowa State Senator from the 32nd District and the Republican nominee for Iowa's 3rd congressional district in the 2010 general election.

Iowa Senate[edit]

Brad has served in the Iowa Senate since 2005. He is the former mayor of Urbandale, serving from 1998 to 2005 and a former city council member of Urbandale, serving from 1996 to 1998.[1] He is former owner of Zaun's Hardware and Vice President of R&R Realty Marketing Group, and received his Bachelor's degree from Grandview College.

Zaun currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Judiciary committee; the Labor and Business Relations committee; the Rules and Administration committee; the Transportation committee; and the Ways and Means committee, where he is the ranking member. He also serves on the Justice Systems Appropriations committee.

Political campaigns[edit]


Zaun won with 23,190 votes, running unopposed.[1]


In the 3rd District Republican primary, he won with 42% of the vote in a crowded seven-candidate field to face the district's Democratic incumbent, Leonard Boswell.[2]

Zaun eventually lost to the incumbent Boswell 46% to 51%.


After Republican Tom Latham of the newly-redistricted 3rd congressional district announced his retirement, Zaun ran to succeed him. Despite finishing first in the Republican primary with 10,522 votes (24.7%), he did not clear the 35% necessary to avoid a nominating convention. At the convention, after five ballots, Zaun was defeated by David Young, who had come fifth in the primary with 6,604 votes (15.5%).

On July 4, Zaun voiced his disappointment and suggested he would leave the Republican Party, leading some to encourage him to run for the seat as an Independent. He had previously announced that he would introduce legislation to hold runoff primary elections instead of conventions.[3] On July 10, Zaun announced that despite his frustrations, he would not leave the Republican Party or run as an Independent.[4]

Personal life[edit]


  1. ^ 2008 Canvass, Iowa Secretary of State
  2. ^ Dems Fear Boswell's GOP Opponent House Race Hotline. National Journal, July 29, 2010
  3. ^ "Republican some say was 'robbed' in election weighs abandoning GOP". The Des Moines Register. July 4, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brad Zaun staying with GOP despite frustrations". The Des Moines Register. July 10, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Jack Holveck
32nd District
2005 – present
Succeeded by