Dawn Pettengill

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Dawn Pettengill
Dawn E. Pettengill - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 75th[2] district
39th (2005–2013)[1]
Assumed office
January 10, 2005
Preceded by Dell Hanson
Personal details
Political party Democratic (2004–2007)
Republican (2007 – present)
Religion Episcopalian
Website dawnpettengill.com

Dawn E. Pettengill (born July 2, 1955) has been a member of the Iowa House of Representatives since 2005, where she represents the 75th District (numbered as the 39th District until January 2013). On April 30, 2007, she switched to the Republican Party, having previously served in the House as a Democrat. In a letter to her constituents, Pettengill said she decided to switch parties due to disagreements with fiscal and labor policy, as well as the state Democratic Party's decision to take her off the incumbent protection list for the 2008 elections.[3]

As of October 2011, Pettengill serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Commerce, Government Oversight, Government Oversight (Joint), State Government, and Ways and Means committees. She also serves as the vice chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee and as co-chair of the Public Retirement Systems Committee and as a member of the Investment Board of the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System.

Political stances[edit]

Voting accessibility[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Pettengill voted[4] 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,[5] and she voted to require all voters to present a state-issued ID.[6] Though she 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.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Pettengill was first elected in 2004, defeating incumbent Republican Dell Hanson. She subsequently won re-election in 2006, defeating Republican opponent Connie Jacobsen. She switched parties in 2008, and proceeded to defeat Democratic opponent Terry Hertle. Pettengill was unopposed in 2010, and defeated Democrat Sandra Cronbaugh in 2012 and Steve Beck in 2014.


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [8]
District 39
Turnout: 14,876
Democratic gain from Republican Dawn Pettengill Democratic 8,086 54.4
Dell Hanson* Republican 6,780 45.6
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [9]
District 39
Turnout: 11,296
Democratic hold Dawn Pettengill* Democratic 6,365 56.3
Connie Jacobsen Republican 4,759 42.1
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [10]
District 39
Turnout: 15,191
Republican hold[11] Dawn Pettengill* Republican 8,291 54.6
Terry Hertle Democratic 6,893 45.4
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [12]
District 39
Republican hold Dawn Pettengill* Republican unopposed


  1. ^ "Historical Information: House District 39". Iowa Legislature. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Historical Information: House District 75". Iowa Legislature. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pettengill, Dawn (2007-05-02). "In The Statehouse May 2, 2007". Pettengill for Iowans. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  4. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House Journal (Monday, April 10, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Iowa Legislature Adjourns: What passed in 2017 session?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 516". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyist Declarations". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Canvass Summary – Final – 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. December 6, 2004. p. 26. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 4, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Official Results Report – Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. November 21, 2006. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  10. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  11. ^ Pettengill switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party on April 30, 2007.
  12. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held November 2, 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-12-16. p. 80. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dell Hanson
39th District
Succeeded by
Jake Highfill
Preceded by
Guy Vander Linden
75th District
Succeeded by