Brad Zaun

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Brad Zaun
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Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
January 10, 2005
Preceded byJack Holveck
Personal details
Born (1962-02-23) February 23, 1962 (age 57)
Des Moines, Iowa
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenFive children
ResidenceUrbandale, Iowa
Alma materGrand View College
OccupationVice President – R&R Realty Marketing Group
WebsiteZaun's website

Bradley Zaun (R-Urbandale) is an Iowa State Senator formerly from the 32nd District and currently the 20th District. He was the Republican nominee for Iowa's 3rd congressional district in the 2010 general election.

Iowa Senate[edit]

Zaun 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. He is former owner of Zaun's Hardware and Vice President of R&R Realty Marketing Group, and received his Bachelor's degree from Grand View 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.

In January 2017, Zaun proposed a bill to end tenure in public universities in Iowa.[1]

Political campaigns[edit]


Zaun won with 23,190 votes, running unopposed.[2]


Zaun delivering a concession speech after losing his 2010 congressional campaign

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.[3]

Zaun eventually lost to the incumbent Boswell 46% to 51%.[citation needed]


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.[4] On July 10, Zaun announced that despite his frustrations, he would not leave the Republican Party or run as an Independent.[5]


  1. ^ Zamudio-Suaréz, Fernanda (January 13, 2017). "Lawmakers in 2 States Propose Bills to Cut Tenure". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved January 13, 2017. In Iowa, Mr. Zaun's bill focuses specifically on getting rid of tenure in public universities and community colleges, giving the Iowa Board of Regents more power.
  2. ^ 2008 Canvass, Iowa Secretary of State
  3. ^ Dems Fear Boswell's GOP Opponent Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine House Race Hotline. National Journal, July 29, 2010
  4. ^ "Republican some say was 'robbed' in election weighs abandoning GOP". The Des Moines Register. July 4, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "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