Pat Grassley

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Pat Grassley
Pat Grassley - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
84th General Assembly portrait (2011)
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 50th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded by David A. Tjepkes
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 17th district
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 13, 2013
Preceded by Bill Dix
Succeeded by Matt Windschitl
Personal details
Born (1983-05-26) May 26, 1983 (age 33)
Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amanda (m. 2005)
Residence New Hartford, Iowa
Alma mater Hawkeye Community College
Occupation Farmer
Religion Methodist
Website legis.iowa.gov/...

Patrick "Pat" Grassley (born May 26, 1983) is the Iowa State Representative from the 50th District. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since January 2007.

Political stances[edit]

Voting Accessibility[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Grassley 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]

Iowa House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2006, Grassley decided to run for Iowa's 17th house district, at the age of 22.[5] He defeated Alek Wipperman 57%-43%.[6][7] In 2008, Grassley won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat Cayla Baresel 66%-34%.[8] In 2010, he won re-election to a third term unopposed.[9]

After redistricting, he decided to run in the newly redrawn 50th house district, which had a southern portion of Butler County, a northern portion of Hardin County, and all of Grundy County.[10] Fellow Republican State Representative Annette Sweeney also decided to run in the newly redrawn 50th district. He defeated Sweeney 61%-39%.[11] In November, he won re-election to a sixth term.[12][13]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Appropriations (Chair)
  • Commerce

[14]

Political future[edit]

Grassley is the grandson of Chuck Grassley, who has represented Iowa in the United States Senate since 1981. There has been speculation that Pat was being groomed to succeed his grandfather in 2016, or whenever he decides to retire.[15] In 2013, Senator Grassley stated "[Pat] and I have never had that discussion and he's never told me that he wanted to run for the United States Senate."[16][17]

Electoral history[edit]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2006 [18]
District 17
Republican Pat Grassley Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2006 [19]
District 17
Turnout: 11,798
Republican hold Pat Grassley* Republican 6,553 55.54%
Alek Wipperman Democratic 5,039 42.71%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2008 [20]
District 17
Republican Pat Grassley* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2008 [21]
District 17
Turnout: 15,286
Republican hold Pat Grassley* Republican 9,836 64.35%
Cayla Baresel Democratic 5,102 33.38%
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2010 [22]
District 17
Republican Pat Grassley* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2010 [23]
District 17
Republican hold Pat Grassley* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2012 [24]
District 50
Turnout: 4,117
Republican Pat Grassley* Republican 2,506 60.87%
Annette Sweeney Republican 1,588 38.57%
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [25]
District 50
Republican (newly redistricted) Pat Grassley* Republican unopposed

Personal life[edit]

Grassley was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was raised in New Hartford, Iowa. His father, Robin, is a farmer and his mother, Diane, is a T.A. in the Dike-New Hartford School District in Dike, Grundy County, Iowa. Pat has two younger sisters. He graduated from Dike-New Hartford High School in 2002 and from Hawkeye Community College in 2004.

Pat farms the family farm with his father and grandfather.[26] He is a member of the Farm Bureau.[27][28]

Pat and his wife, Amanda, were married in 2005. She is an RN. They are the parents of two daughters, Indee and Reagan, and one son, Chancellor.[29]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=CR&z=CRGB&p_theme=cr&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=10B543FE154AD610&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=292198
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 14, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2006. 
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=440158
  9. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=674676
  10. ^ http://www.patgrassley.com/district-50.html
  11. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=745173
  12. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=761469
  13. ^ http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOU&map=DIST&lValue=100&gValue=001
  14. ^ http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/pat-grassley/committees
  15. ^ Cheney, Kyle (December 29, 2014). "16 in '16: The new battle for the Senate". Politico. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.voiceofmuscatine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2510&Itemid=1
  17. ^ http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/grassley-defers-on-re-election-plans-expects-harkin-to-seek/article_0882e686-5c36-11e2-99ed-0019bb2963f4.html
  18. ^ "Official Results Report, 2006 Primary Election held Tuesday, June 6th 2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 58. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  19. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held Tuesday, November 7th 2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 27. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  20. ^ "2008 Primary Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2008-06-19. p. 108. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  21. ^ "2008 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 38. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  22. ^ "2010 Official Primary Results Report" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-07-01. p. 235. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  23. ^ "2010 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-11-24. p. 16. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  24. ^ "2012 Official Primary Results Report" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 160. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  25. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 96. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  26. ^ http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/pat-grassley/biography
  27. ^ http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/56852/patrick-grassley#.UQWS1Gfhe4c
  28. ^ http://www.agrinews.com/grassley/putting/experience/to/work/as/new/ag/committee/chair/story-5120.html
  29. ^ http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/pat-grassley/biography

External links[edit]

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Dix
17th District
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Matt Windschitl
Preceded by
Dave Tjepkes
50th District
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent