Jeff Kaufmann

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Jeff A. Kaufmann
Jeff Kaufmann by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa
Assumed office
Preceded by Danny Carroll
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 79th district
In office
Preceded by Dan Boddicker
Succeeded by Guy Vander Linden
Personal details
Born (1963-01-09) January 9, 1963 (age 54)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Vicki
Children Bobby, Jacob, John
Residence Wilton, Iowa
Alma mater University of Iowa
Religion Methodist
Website Kaufmann's website
Kaufmann during his time in the Iowa House of Representatives

Jeff A. Kaufmann (born 9 January 1963) is the former Iowa State Representative from the 79th District. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives for 8 years - from his election in 2004 until his retirement in 2013. [1] He served in House leadership for 6 years, serving as the assistant minority leader and Speaker Pro Tem.

Kaufmann won his first election to the Iowa House by just over 1,000 votes, and was re-elected three times. In 2006, he was reelected with 6,311 votes (62%), defeating Democratic opponent Clara Oleson.[2] In 2008, Kaufmann collected 9,456 votes,[3] easily maintaining his seat. Democrat Rebecca Spears dropped out of the race before election day.[4]

In the Iowa House, Kaufmann was a member of the Administration and Rules committee; the Education committee; the State Government committee; the Ways and Means committee; and the Local Government committee, where he was the ranking member. Kaufmann authored a key anti-eminent domain bill; the Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack. As a member of the House leadership team, Kaufmann played a key role in recruiting, fundraising, and campaigning for Republican candidate.

In 2014, Kaufmann became chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.[5] During his tenure, the party enjoyed major successes on the local, state, and federal levels. In his time as chair, the winning control of both chambers of the legislature and the governorship for the first time in almost twenty years.[6] On the federal level, Republicans captured five of six federal offices, while delivering Iowa to the Republican presidential nominee for the first time since 2004.

His political experience includes serving as a trustee for Sugar Creek Township, as president of the Wilton School Board, and he currently serves as a Cedar County Supervisor.


Kauffman obtained his BA, MA, and Ph.D from the University of Iowa.[1]


Outside politics, Kaufman is a seventh generation livestock farmer, as well as a department chair at Muscatine Community College, where he has taught courses in history and government since 1997.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Kauffman has won a number of awards which include:

  • Chancellor’s Award from the Eastern Iowa Community College District (1996)
  • Muscatine County Outstanding Teacher Award (2005)[1]
  • Faculty Member of the Year from the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees [7]


Kaufmann is a member of the following organizations:


Kaufmann is married to his wife of 32 years, Vicki. Together they have three sons: Bobby (now a state representative),[8][9] Jacob (a middle school science teacher), and John (a member of the Executive Board of the National Federation of College Republicans and the former chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans).


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jeff Kaufmann Iowa State Representative". The University of Iowa Public Policy Center. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  5. ^ Hall, Kevin (June 28, 2014). "Live Blog: RPI Chair and Co-Chair Elections - The Iowa Republican". Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Russell, Joyce (November 9, 2016). "Iowa Senate Turns Republican in Tuesday Voting". Iowa Public Radio. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Ferguson, Mike. "Rep. Jeff Kaufmann and son take leadership roles in rival campaigns". WCF Courier. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Noble, Jason (December 29, 2014). "How Jeff Kaufmann is reviving the Iowa GOP". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Boddicker
79th District
2005 – 2013
Succeeded by
Guy Vander Linden
Party political offices
Preceded by
Danny Carroll
Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa
2014 – present
Succeeded by