Ako Abdul-Samad

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Ako Abdul-Samad
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Iowa House of Representatives District 35
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAuthor
ReligionMuslim
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Ako Abdul-Samad is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Abdul-Samad serves as Assistant Minority Leader.

Biography

Abdul-Samad's professional experience includes writing A Deeper Truth, Revelations of the Soul and working as Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Creative Visions Human Development Center, Vice President of KUCB Radio, Writer/Co-Producer of Teen Talk, Writer/Producer/Director of Understanding Islam and a photographer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Abdul-Samad served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Administration and Rules
Education
Human Resources
Public Safety

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Abdul-Samad served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abdul-Samad served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Ako Abdul-Samad was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Abdul-Samad ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 35. Abdul-Samad ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Terrance Williams in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad Incumbent 73.4% 7,508
     Republican Terrance Williams 26.6% 2,727
Total Votes 10,235

2010

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Abdul-Samad won re-election to the 66th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. In the June 8th primary election, Abdul-Samad defeated Democratic primary opponent Clair E. Rudison, Jr. by a margin of 912 to 306. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 66
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad (D) 4,646

2008

On November 4, 2008, Abdul-Samad was re-elected to the 66th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Chis Moeller (Green).[7] Abdul-Samad raised $21,695 for his campaign, while Moeller raised $1,501.[8]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 66
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad (D) 6,734
Chris Moeller (G) 1,889

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Abdul-Samad is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Abdul-Samad raised a total of $93,885 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[9]

Ako Abdul-Samad's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 35 Won $14,641
2010 Iowa State House, District 66 Won $24,699
2008 Iowa State House, District 66 Won $21,695
2006 Iowa State House, District 66 Won $32,850
Grand Total Raised $93,885

2012

Abdul-Samad won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Abdul-Samad raised a total of $14,641.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ako Abdul-Samad's campaign in 2012
Iowa Hospital Association$1,000
Merck & Co$750
Principal Life Insurance$750
Magellan Health Services$600
Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists$600
Total Raised in 2012$14,641
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010 Abdul-Samad collected $24,699 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[10]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ako Abdul-Samad's campaign in 2010
Iowa Dental Association$3,000
AFSCME Iowa Council 61$2,092
Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council$1,250
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$1,000
Glaxosmithkline$800
Total Raised in 2010 $24,699

2008

In 2008 Abdul-Samad collected $21,695 in donations.[11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Dental Association $3,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $1,500
Tinker, Phyllis M. $1,500
Great Plains Laborers District Council $1,300

Personal

Abdul-Samad is a member of the Black Panther Party - Des Moines Chapter, Vice President of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development of the International Civil Rights Solidarity Movement, Founder/President of the National African-American Islamic Association and Co-Founder/Coordinator of the Young Men's Christian Association Downtown Teen Program.[12]

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2012

In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[13]

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Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
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Political offices
Preceded by
Kraig Paulsen (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 35
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Iowa House of Representatives District 66
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Art Staed (D)