Kevin Koester

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Kevin Koester
Kevin Koester 86thGA.jpeg
86th General Assembly portrait (2015)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 38th district
70th (2009–2013)
Assumed office
January 12, 2009
Preceded by Carmine Boal
Personal details
Born (1954-06-03) June 3, 1954 (age 63)
Harlan, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Linda
Children 3 children
Residence Ankeny, Iowa
Alma mater University of Iowa
Occupation School Administrator

Kevin Koester (born June 3, 1954) is the Iowa State Representative from the 38th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2009. Koester was born in Harlan, raised in Des Moines, and resides in Ankeny. He has a B.A. in education from the University of Iowa.

As of May 2013, Koester serves on several committees in the Iowa House – the Appropriations, Education, Human Resources, and State Government committees. He also serves as the chair of the Government Oversight committee.

Political stances[edit]

Voting accessibility[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Koester voted[1] 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,[2] and he voted to require all voters to present a state-issued ID.[3] Though he 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.[4]

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2008 [5]
District 70
Turnout: 1,212
Republican Kevin Koester Republican 879 72.52%
Jeff A. Wright Republican 324 26.73%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2008 [6]
District 70
Turnout: 23,313
Republican hold Kevin Koester Republican 12,043 51.66%
Matt Pfaltzgraf Democratic 10,355 44.42%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2010 [7]
District 70
Republican Kevin Koester* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2010 [8]
District 70
Republican hold Kevin Koester* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [9]
District 38
Turnout: 551
Republican Kevin Koester* Republican 456 82.76%
Brett H. Nelson Republican 80 14.52%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [10]
District 38
Turnout: 16,825
Republican (newly redistricted) Kevin Koester* Republican 8,334 49.53%
John Phoenix Democratic 6,865 40.80%
Brett H. Nelson Nominated by Petition 686 4.08%


Kevin served thirty years as a school administrator in Ankeny. He is Executive Director of Neveln Center in Ankeny and a part time Consultant with Koester Construction.

He is in his 3rd term in the Iowa House, having served as Chair of Ethics and now Government Oversight. Kevin served as President of the National Community Education in 2004. His local leadership record demonstrates diverse and meaningful commitments to his community. He has been selected a board officer of numerous agencies including Iowa Dollars for Scholars, Ankeny School District Foundation, Ankeny Substance Abuse Project, EFR, United Way and Ankeny Chamber of Commerce which selected Kevin as 2003 Citizen of the Year.

Legislator of the year awards: 2013 Iowa After School Alliance; 2013 Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa; 2012 Iowa Physician Assistant Society; 2010 Iowa Library Association; 2009 Iowa Fraternal Insurance Congress.

Kevin is a lifelong Iowan and an alumnus of the University of Iowa. His wife, Linda, teaches Psychology at DMACC. Kevin and Linda have three grown children who were students of Ankeny High School and DMACC. Two are graduates of Iowa State University.


  1. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House Journal (Monday, April 10, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Iowa Legislature Adjourns: What passed in 2017 session?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 516". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyist Declarations". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Official Results Report – Statewide, 2008 Primary Election-06-03-2008 Party: All" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2008-06-19. p. 214. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  6. ^ "State of Iowa Official Canvass Summary, November 4, 2008 General Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 53. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Official Results Report, 2010 Primary Election held Tuesday, June 8th 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held Tuesday, November 2nd 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-11-23. p. 111. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  9. ^ "2012 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 136. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  10. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 84. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carmine Boal
70th District
Succeeded by
Todd Taylor
Preceded by
Tyler Olson
38th District
Succeeded by