|Member of the Iowa Senate|
from the 16th district
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||Dick Dearden|
|Born||May 23, 1980|
Columbus Junction, Iowa, U.S.
|Education||Simpson College (BA)|
Drake University (MPA, JD)
Nate Boulton (born May 23, 1980) is an American politician currently serving in the Iowa Senate. Boulton, a Democrat, represents the 16th district. Boulton was first elected in 2016 to replace retiring Democratic Senator Dick Dearden.
In May 2017, Boulton announced his candidacy for the Iowa gubernatorial election, 2018 with a video on Twitter. He suspended his campaign in May 2018 shortly after The Des Moines Register published the accounts of three women accusing Boulton of sexual misconduct.
Early life and education
Nate grew up in Columbus Junction.
He earned his law degree from Drake Law School in 2005 and was admitted to the Iowa bar that year. He also holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Drake University and a Bachelor’s in history and political science from Simpson College. He has served on the Simpson College Alumni Board and as an adjunct professor at Simpson.
Outside the Legislature, Nate is a partner with Hedberg & Boulton, where he practices in workers compensation, personal injury and labor law. Nate has served as vice-president of the Iowa Association for Justice and as president of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee. He also acts as a grader for the Iowa Bar Exam. He has taught courses in labor law at Drake Law School, sports law and business law at Simpson College, and organizational management and moral leadership at William Penn University.
Nate Boulton was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate in 2016. He represents the people of Senate District 16 on the Northeast side of Des Moines and in Pleasant Hill.
Senator Boulton is ranking member on the Labor & Business Relations Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Commerce and Judiciary committees.
Gubernatorial campaign (2017–2018)
On May 4, 2017 Boulton announced his candidacy for Governor of Iowa. His platform includes fighting for workers' rights, as he was an outspoken opponent of the collective bargaining bill that was passed by the Republican led Iowa Legislature. He also voiced strong support for public education in Iowa. Former Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley lauded Boulton's announcement, writing on Twitter, "The future is now. Congratulations @NateBoulton on entering the race for #IAGov #iapolitics".
Boulton suspended his campaign in May 2018 after The Des Moines Register published the accounts of three women accusing Boulton of sexual misconduct. The allegations against Boulton included non-consensual groping and frotteurism.
|Iowa State Senate primary elections, 2016|
|Pam Dearden Conner||Democratic||1,438||47.09%|
|Iowa State Senate elections, 2016|
|Democratic hold||Nate Boulton||Democratic||14,046||59.81%|
He now lives in Des Moines with his wife, Andrea, who works for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
- Meinch, Timothy (June 7, 2016). "Boulton beats Dearden Conner for Iowa Senate seat". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- Elmer, MacKenzie (November 8, 2016). "Democrat Nate Boulton wins open Iowa Senate seat". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- Democrat Nate Boulton announces a run for governor, Des Moines Register, 05/04/2017.
- "Three women accuse Iowa governor candidate Nate Boulton of sexual misconduct". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
- "Nate Boulton suspends governor campaign after accusations of sexual misconduct". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
- "2016 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Secretary of State of Iowa. p. 32. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- "2016 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Secretary of State of Iowa. p. 47. Retrieved January 25, 2017.