Jerry Behn

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Jerry Behn
Sen. Jerry Behn Portrait (3856281461).jpg
President pro tempore of the Iowa Senate
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded by Steve Sodders
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 24th district
40th (1997–2003)
Assumed office
January 13, 1997
Preceded by Albert Sorensen
Personal details
Born (1954-01-31) January 31, 1954 (age 64)
Ames, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Denise
Children 4

Jerry Behn (born January 31, 1954) is the Iowa State Senator from the 24th District and minority leader in the Iowa Senate. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 1997, and served as a Boone County Supervisor from 1995 to 1996.[1]

Behn currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Appropriations committee; the Commerce committee; the State Government committee; the Environment & Energy Independence committee, where he is the ranking member, and the Ethics committee, where he is the ranking member. He also serves on the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.

Behn was last re-elected in 2008 with 22,970 votes (57%), defeating Democratic opponent, former Iowa Senator Albert Sorensen.[2]

Behn was a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010 but withdrew, endorsing Terry Branstad.[3][4] His platform included promoting fiscal restraint, preserving right-to-work laws, and allowing Iowans to vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He called for voters to vote against retention for those Iowa Supreme Court justices who decided that Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional in Varnum v. Brien.[5]


  1. ^ "Jerry Behn". Iowa Senate Republicans. 
  2. ^ "State of Iowa Official Canvass Summary: November 4, 2008 General Election" (PDF). Michael A. Mauro, Iowa Secretary of State. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  4. ^ "The Des Moines Register". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  5. ^ Boshart, Rod. "Behn enters race for Iowa governor". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 

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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Albert Sorensen
40th District
January 13, 1997 – January 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Richard Drake
Preceded by
Richard Drake
24th District
January 13, 2003 – present
Succeeded by