Dave Heaton

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David E. Heaton
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Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 91st district
Assumed office
1994 (elected 2003 to current district)
Preceded by Rich Arnold
Personal details
Born (1941-02-02) February 2, 1941 (age 76)
Sigourney, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carmen
Residence Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Alma mater Iowa Wesleyan College
Website Heaton's website

David Edward "Dave" Heaton (born February 2, 1941) is the Iowa State Representative from the 91st District, representing all of Henry County and the northern portion of Lee County. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since January 1995.

Born and raised in Sigourney, Iowa, he received his B.A. in history in 1964 from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where he currently resides. For 40 years, he and his family owned and operated a popular restaurant operation, The Iris, located in Mount Pleasant. He and his wife, Carmen, are the parents of two grown children and have two grandchildren.

Heaton currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Appropriations committee; the Human Resources committee; and the Judiciary committee. He also serves as the ranking member on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Heaton was re-elected in 2006 with 6,726 votes, running unopposed.[1] He has faced some opposition since his first election in 1994, where he carried the district with nearly 70% of the popular vote. Heaton faced Ron Fedler, former small-town mayor and small business owner in 2008.[citation needed]

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Voting Accessibility[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Heaton voted[2] to shorten both the amount of time one may cast an absentee ballot and the number of days one can vote at satellite polling sites,[3] and he voted to require all voters to present a state-issued ID.[4] Though he voted for the measure, the bill was opposed by the Iowa State Association of Counties, an advocacy group for Iowa's disabled, and Iowa's Department on Aging opposed the bill.[5]


  1. ^ General Election results Archived December 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House Journal (Monday, April 10, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Iowa Legislature Adjourns: What passed in 2017 session?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 516". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyist Declarations". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rich Arnold
91st District
2003 – present
Succeeded by