Nathan Willems

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Nathan Willems
Nathan Willems - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 12, 2009
Preceded by Ro Foege
Personal details
Born Anamosa, Iowa
Spouse(s) Maggie
Children Ava Grace Willems (June, 2008) Emery Ann Willems (October, 2009)
Residence Lisbon, Iowa
Alma mater

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (Georgetown University)

University of Iowa College of Law
Occupation Attorney
Website legislative website
Campaign biography

Nathan Willems is a Democrat representing the 29th District in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (2001) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law (2007).[1]

As of September 2011, Willems serves on Iowa House committees for Education (ranking member), Labor, and Ways and Means. He also sits on the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. He was elected in 2008, defeating Republican opponent Emma Nemencek and was re-elected in 2010.

Willems was a field organizer for Congressman Leonard Boswell's 1998 reelection campaign. He managed two Iowa House races in 2000. In 2001 he worked on the unsuccessful United States House campaigns of John Norris and Julie Thomas. He was a legislative clerk for Iowa Representative Ro Foege, whom he later succeeded in the Iowa House. He was a regional director for Howard Dean's Iowa caucus campaign. He worked one summer in the legal department of Iowa Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 before taking his current job as an attorney at Rush & Nicholson, P.L.C., practicing labor and employment law.

Nate is active in the Linn County Democratic Central Committee, the Lisbon Lincoln Highway Lions Club, the Mount Vernon Athletic Boosters, and is First Vice President of the Iowa Federation of Teachers.[2]

Electoral history[edit]


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [3]
District 29
Turnout: 18,015
Democratic hold Nate Willems Democratic 10,524 58.4
Emma Nemecek Republican 7,469 41.5
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [4]
District 29
Turnout: 14,862
Democratic hold Nathan Willems* Democratic 7,487 50.4
Shawn Graham Republican 6,658 44.8


  1. ^ Biography of Nathan Williams. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Willems, Nate (March 16, 2008). "MyDD :: I Am Running for the Iowa House". Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held November 2, 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-12-16. p. 70. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

External links[edit]

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ro Foege
29th District
2009 – present
Succeeded by