Jake Highfill

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Jake Highfill
Jake Highfill - Official Portrait - 85th GA.jpg
85th General Assembly portrait (2013)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 39th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded by Dawn Pettengill
Personal details
Born 1990 (age 25–26)
Marshalltown, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Johnston, Iowa
Alma mater University of Iowa
Website legis.iowa.gov/...

Jake Highfill (born 1990)[1] is the Iowa State Representative from the 39th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2013. Highfill resides in Johnston, Iowa. He has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Iowa.

As of May 2013, Highfill serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Appropriations, Local Government, and Natural Resources committees. He also serves as the vice chair of the State Government committee and as a member of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Highfill defeated incumbent Erik Helland, the House majority whip, to win the Republican nomination in 2012.[2]


Highfill is serving his first term in the Iowa House.

Highfill was born in Marshalltown, Iowa. He is a 2008 graduate of Johnston High School where he started on the football and wrestling teams and was selected as the Homecoming King. While balancing work and athletics, Highfill worked at Hy-Vee since he was 14 in various roles, including management. He has also worked at Acceleration Iowa as a sports performance coach for children and young adults. After high school, Highfill attended Kirkwood Community College for two years before enrolling at the University of Iowa where he majored in Business and minored in Exercise Science.

In 2012, Highfill was the target of a lawsuit, in which an acquaintance accused him of brandishing a shotgun at a college party and breaking a glass bottle across the boy's face when confronted. The act was said to have left permanent, and disfiguring scarring and the plaintiff sued for damages. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Jake is the son of Brent, president of a Hy-Vee subsidiary and Assistant Vice President of Hy-Vee, and Renee, a certified pharmaceutical technician. He has one sister, Kara, a Johnston High graduate who attends the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In the 2016 Iowa legislative session, Highfill gained national controversy by sponsoring a bill that would legalize handgun use by children under 14.

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [3]
District 39
Turnout: 1,210
Republican Jake Highfill Republican 622 51.40%
Erik Helland* Republican 572 47.27%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [4]
District 39
Turnout: 19,289
Republican (newly redistricted) Jake Highfill Republican 9,218 47.79%
Kelsey Clark Democratic 8,466 43.89%



External links[edit]

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dawn Pettengill
39th District
Succeeded by

  1. ^ "Iowa Lawmakers Approve Bill That Would Let Kids Have Handguns". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ "'We Do Not Need A Militia of Toddlers': If Iowa Law Passes, Children Can Use Handguns". Washington Post.