Henry Rayhons

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Henry V. Rayhons
Henry V. Rayhons - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 8th district
11th (2003–2013)[1]
16th (1997–2003)[2]
In office
January 13, 1997 – January 2015
Preceded by Clifford Branstad
Succeeded by Terry Baxter[3]
Personal details
Born (1936-08-05) August 5, 1936 (age 79)
Garner, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marvalyn
Children Carol, Dale, Sara, and Gary
Residence Garner, Iowa
Profession Farmer
Religion Catholic
Website legis.iowa.gov/...

Henry V. Rayhons (born August 5, 1936) was the Iowa State Representative from the 8th District. A Republican, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1997 through 2015, representing the 16th District from 1997 to 2003 and the 11th District from 2003 to 2013.[4] In 2014, Rayhons announced he would not seek reelection to another term.


Rayhons was born in Garner, Iowa. His father, Henry, Sr. was a farmer and his mother, Agnes, was a homemaker. He grew up in a large family with four brothers and four sisters. Rayhons attended a one-room country school for eight years and graduated from Garner High School in 1954. He did not attend college. Rayhons was first elected in 1996.

Rayhons is a member of the Lion's Club, Iowa Dairy Association, Farm Bureau, Iowa Beef Producers, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, and the Iowa Taxpayers Association. Prior to his service in the legislature, Rayhons was President of the Hancock County Farm Bureau. Additionally, he was a board member of the Iowa Farm Bureau, 1986–1996, and a Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner.

On December 15, 2007, Rayhons married Donna Young, blending their families after the death of Henry's first wife, Marvalyn. Rayhons has four children, two sons and two daughters; Donna had three daughters. Donna died of Alzheimer's disease on August 8, 2014.[5] In the same month, Rayhons was charged with felony sexual abuse in relation to a May 2014 incident where he allegedly had sexual contact with his wife at her nursing home; prior to the incident, Donna's daughters had met with nursing home staff, who in turn advised Mr. Rayhons that his wife no longer had the mental capacity to consent to sex.[5] He was found not guilty at his trial in April 2015.[6]

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [23]
District 8
Turnout: 2,564
Republican Henry V. Rayhons* Republican 1,428 55.69%
Bob Dishman Republican 1,021 39.82%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [24]
District 8
Republican (newly redistricted) Henry V. Rayhons* Republican unopposed


  1. ^ https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/historicalInformation?lastName=&firstName=&chamberID=H&leadershipPositionID=&partyID=&districtID=13&countyID=&gaYear=Any&historicalGA=Any&historicalLA=Any
  2. ^ https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/historicalInformation?lastName=&firstName=&chamberID=H&leadershipPositionID=&partyID=&districtID=18&countyID=&gaYear=Any&historicalGA=Any&historicalLA=Any
  3. ^ https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/historicalInformation?lastName=&firstName=&chamberID=H&leadershipPositionID=&partyID=&districtID=10&countyID=&gaYear=Any&historicalGA=Any&historicalLA=Any
  4. ^ http://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/legislator/legislatorAllYears?personID=17
  5. ^ a b Zilbermints, Regina (August 15, 2014). "Iowa state representative arrested on felony sex abuse charge". Iowa City Press-Citizen. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jury finds Henry Rayhons not guilty". The Des Moines Register. April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Iowa Primary Election – June 4, 1996" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 418. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Iowa General Election – November 5, 1996" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 448. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  9. ^ "1998primcanv.pdf" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 400. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Iowa General Election – November 3, 1998" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 423. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  11. ^ "June 6, 2000 Primary Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  12. ^ "November 7, 2000 General Election Iowa Official Results, State House of Representatives" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-16. p. 17. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Canvass Summary, 2002 Primary Election 6/4/2002" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-01. p. 6. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Canvass Summary, Final, 2002 General Election 11/5/2002" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 25. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Canvass Summary, Final, 2004 Primary Election 6/8/2004" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  16. ^ "Canvass Summary, Final, 2004 General Election 11/2/2004" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  17. ^ "2006 Primary Election, Official Results" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  18. ^ "Official Results Report – Statewide, Election: 2006 General Election-11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 27. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  19. ^ "Official Results Report – Statewide, 2008 Primary Election-06-03-2008 Party: All" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2008-06-19. p. 96. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  20. ^ "State of Iowa Official Canvass Summary, November 4, 2008 General Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 36. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  21. ^ "Official Results Report, 2010 Primary Election held Tuesday, June 8th 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  22. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held Tuesday, November 2nd 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-11-23. p. 52. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  23. ^ "2012 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 76. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  24. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 54. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clifford Branstad
16th District
Succeeded by
Chuck Gipp
Preceded by
Steve Kettering
11th District
Succeeded by
Gary Worthan
Preceded by
Tom W. Shaw
8th District
Succeeded by
Terry Baxter