Mark Lofgren

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Mark Lofgren
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 46th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Preceded by Chris Brase
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 91st district
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 11, 2015
Preceded by Dave Heaton
Succeeded by Gary Carlson
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 80th district
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 13, 2013
Preceded by Nathan Reichert
Succeeded by Larry Sheets
Personal details
Born (1961-06-26) June 26, 1961 (age 55)
Muscatine, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Paula
Children Emily, Olivia, Maggie, Markus
Residence Muscatine, Iowa
Alma mater Muscatine Community College
University of Iowa
Website legis.iowa.gov/...

Mark Lofgren (born June 26, 1961) is a member of the Iowa Senate, representing the 46th district. He was elected in 2016, defeating incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Brase.[1]

Lofgren was born and raised in Muscatine, Iowa graduating from Muscatine High School. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. He was involved in real estate.

Political stances[edit]

Privacy Rights[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Lofgren managed Senate File 499,[2] a bill prohibiting government surveillance of people in public restrooms.[3] The bill passed the Iowa Senate 49-0,[4] and was signed into law on May 11, 2017.[5] The bill was supported by the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.[6]

Voting Accessibility[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Lofgren voted[7] 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,[8] and he voted to require all voters to present a state-issued ID.[9] 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.[10]

Workers' Rights[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Lofgren voted[11] for House File 295[12] which eliminates local control in municipalities that voted to increase their own minimum wage locally. Lofgren's vote will cause the minimum wage to be lowered in four counties which had already voted to raise their minimum wage (Johnson, Linn, Wapello, and Polk[13]).[14] Estimates show that at least 64,300 residents of Iowa will have their wages effectively lowered, including 35,800 to 36,000 in Polk County,[15] 10,100 in Johnson County,[16] and 18,400 in Linn County.[17]

Healthcare[edit]

Lofgren voted in support[18] of House File 625,[19] which eliminated the requirement that parents report on their state taxes whether or not they have healthcare for their children.[20] In this bill, Lofgren also voted to eliminate the requirement that parents apply for healthcare coverage, such as Hawk-i or Medicaid, for their children.[21]

Immigration[edit]

Lofgren voted[22] for an amended[23] form of Senate File 481.[24] This bill eliminated elements of local control by requiring a local officer to comply and detain an immigrant who is guilty of three misdemeanors,[25] non-violent felonies,[26] and felonies[27] until ICE arrives. This bill was opposed by a number of organizations in Iowa, including the Iowa Police Chief Association, the Iowa Catholic Conference, the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, the Iowa Coalition against Sexual Assault, and the Iowa State Bar Association.[28]

Electoral history[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [29]
District 80
Turnout: 9,488
Republican gain from Democratic Mark Lofgren Republican 5,458 57.53%
Nathan Reichert* Democratic 4,014 42.31%
Write-In 16 0.17%
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012 [30]
District 91
Turnout: 13,958
Republican hold Mark Lofgren* Republican 7,426 53.20%
John Dabeet Democratic 6,511 46.65%
Write-In 21 0.15%
United States House of Representatives Republican primary election, 2014 [31]
District 2
Turnout: 30,475
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks Republican 15,043 49.36%
Mark Lofgren Republican 11,634 38.18%
Matthew Waldren Republican 3,746 12.29%
Write-In Republican 52 0.17%
Iowa State Senate elections, 2016 [32]
District 46
Turnout: 29,230
Republican gain from Democratic Mark Lofgren Republican 16,576 56.71%
Chris Brase* Democratic 12,615 43.16%
Write-In 39 0.13%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wenger, Emily (November 8, 2016). "Lofgren takes Iowa Senate District 46 for Republicans". Quad-City Times. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ Agency, Iowa Legislative Services. "Iowa Legislature - BillBook". www.legis.iowa.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Iowa City library's bathroom cameras removed to comply with new state law | The Gazette". The Gazette. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  4. ^ Agency, Iowa Legislative Services. "Iowa Legislature - Bill History". www.legis.iowa.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Gov. Branstad signs 37 bills into law". Office of the Governor of Iowa. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  6. ^ "LOBBYISTS DECLARATION RESULTS". coolice.legis.iowa.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  7. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Senate Journal (Thursday, April 13, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Iowa Legislature Adjourns: What passed in 2017 session?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 516". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyist Declarations". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Journal of the Senate (March 27, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 295". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ Hardy, Kevin. "Polk County Berates GOP lawmakers for minimum wage, collective bargaining bills". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  14. ^ Hardy, Kevin. "Local Smackdown: GOP bill would freeze Iowa minimum wage at $7.25, ban city, county increases". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ Norvell, Kim. "Polk County's Minimum Wage Hike". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  16. ^ Gruber-Miller, Stephen. "What's next for Johnson County after minimum wage rollback?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  17. ^ Linn County Government Documents. "Linn County Minimum Wage 2017-2019". Linn County Government Documents. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ GOP Legislators. "Senate Journal (April 11, 2017)" (PDF). The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ GOP Legislators. "House File 625". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  20. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Elimination of kids' health care tax checkoff sparks heated debate Iowa senate". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  21. ^ GOP Legislators. "House File 625" (PDF). The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  22. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Senate Journal (April 12, 2017)" (PDF). The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ GOP Legislature. "Amendment S-3300". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  24. ^ GOP Legislature. "Senate File 481". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  25. ^ Immigration & Customs Enforcement. "Immigration Detainer Form (I-247)" (PDF). U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  26. ^ Immigration & Customs Enforcement. "Immigration Detainer Form (I-247)" (PDF). U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ Immigration & Customs Enforcement. "Immigration Detainer Form (I-247)" (PDF). U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  28. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyists Declarations for Senate File 481". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  29. ^ "2010 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 77. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  30. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 137. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  31. ^ "2012 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 10. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  32. ^ "2016 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 62. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 

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