Chris Hagenow

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Chris Hagenow
Chris Hagenow - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
84th General Assembly portrait (2011)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 43rd[2] district
59th (2009–2013)[1]
Assumed office
January 2009
Preceded by Dan Clute
Personal details
Born (1972-01-19) January 19, 1972 (age 45)
St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amanda
Children 3
Residence Windsor Heights, Iowa
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa
University of Iowa College of Law
Occupation Attorney, politician
Religion Presbyterian
Website ChrisHagenow.org

Chris Hagenow (born January 19, 1972) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives.

Hagenow is the Majority Leader for the Republican caucus and also serves on the Administration and Rules, Judiciary, Legislative Council, State Government, and Ways and Means committees.[3] As Majority Leader, Hagenow is second in command of the Iowa House and controls the floor during session.

Hagenow holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a law degree from the University of Iowa. He was first elected to the state house in 2008.

Biography[edit]

Hagenow, a sixth generation Iowan, grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Hagenow graduated from Price Laboratory School and went on to become Magna Cum Laude upon graduation from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994. He earned his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1997 and is currently a member of the Iowa State Bar Association. Hagenow is a founding partner of the Des Moines law firm Whitaker, Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP.[4]

Hagenow sits on the steering committee for the Iowa Federalist Society, serves on the Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee and is a member of the Windsor Heights Lions Club.

Hagenow and his wife, Amanda, were married in 2005 and have three children, Owen, Noah and Sophia. The Hagenow’s live in Windsor Heights and attend Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale.

Convention of States[edit]

On March 4, 2015, Hagenow called for a convention of states to propose a constitutional amendment “to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government and limit the federal government’s power and jurisdiction.”[5] Hagenow filed HJR 8, Iowa’s legal application to Congress for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of the convention is to allow the states some power in the creation of the federal budget by proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Hagenow believes that because state governments are "more efficient, more responsible and more transparent" compared to the federal government, the states should propose the amendment.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Hagenow was first elected to the Iowa House in 2008 and is currently serving his fourth term, representing House District 43. Following the 2012 election, Hagenow was elected House Majority Whip for the 85th General Assembly.[7] He previously served as the Chairman as the House Government Oversight Committee. Hagenow is currently a member of the Ways and Means, Judiciary, State Government and Administration and Rules committees. Following the 2015 legislative session and Speaker Kraig Paulsen's resignation as Speaker of the House, Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer was elected to replace Paulsen with Hagenow subsequently being elected by the Republican caucus to serve as Majority Leader starting with the 2016 legislative session.

2008[edit]

Hagenow ran for Iowa House of Representatives in the 2008 elections for District 59.

In the Republican primary election, he defeated Susan Murphy.[8]

District 59 Republican Primary Election Percentage Votes
  Chris Hagenow 58% 734
  Susan Murphy 42% 536
 Total 100% 1,271

In the general election he defeated Democratic candidate, and Mayor of Windsor Heights, Iowa, Jerry Sullivan.

District 59 Election Percentage Votes
  Chris Hagenow (R) 50% 8,240
  Jerry Sulivan (D) 50% 8,147
  Write-ins 0% 21
 Total 100% 16,408

2010[edit]

Hagenow ran for Iowa House of Representatives in the 2010 elections representing District 59. He defeated Democratic candidate Andrew McDowell.

District 59 Election Percentage Votes
  Chris Hagenow (R) 58% 7,650
  Andrew McDowell (D) 42% 5,510
  Write-ins 0% 15
 Total 100% 13,175

2012[edit]

Hagenow ran in the 2012 elections for Iowa House of Representatives representing District 43, due to redistricting. He defeated Democratic candidate Susan Judkins.

District 43 Election Percentage Votes
  Chris Hagenow (R) 50% 8,741
  Susan Judkins (D) 50% 8,719
  Write-ins 0% 17
 Total 100% 17,477

Initial reports on November 6, 2012 showed Hagenow ahead by 22 votes. On November 15, Judkins formally requested a recount, but she later halted the recount saying "Questions about whether all absentee ballots were counted have been satisfactorily answered and I believe my narrow loss would likely stand even if all ballots were considered." [9]

2014[edit]

Hagenow ran for re-election in the 2014 elections for Iowa House of Representatives representing District 43. Hagenow defeated Democratic challenger Kim Robinson.[10]

District 43 Election Percentage Votes
  Chris Hagenow (R) 56% 7,589
  Kim Robinson (D) 44% 5,911
  Write-ins 0% 12
 Total 100% 13,512

2016[edit]

Hagenow ran for re-election in the 2016 elections for Iowa House of Representatives representing District 43. Hagenow defeated Democratic challenger Jennifer Konfrst.

District 43 Election Percentage Votes
  Chris Hagenow (R) 51.6% 8,798
  Kim Robinson (D) 48.4% 8,259
 Total 100% 17,057

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historical Information: House District 59". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Historical Information: House District 43". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/chris-hagenow/committees
  4. ^ http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/chris-hagenow/biography
  5. ^ http://www.chrishagenow.org/article_v_convention_of_states
  6. ^ http://www.chrishagenow.org/article_v_convention_of_states
  7. ^ http://www.chrishagenow.com
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  9. ^ http://www.bleedingheartland.com/tag/HD-43
  10. ^ http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/2014/11/04/iowa-house-chris-hagenor-kim-robinson-election/18504543/

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