Amanda Ragan

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Amanda Ragan
Amanda Ragan.jpg
Iowa State Senate District 27
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader, Iowa State Senate
Present
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBuena Vista University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 20, 1954
Place of birthMason City, IA
ProfessionExecutive Director, Community Kitchen of Northern Iowa
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
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Amanda Ragan (b. September 20, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 27. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Ragan serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

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The Iowa Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, when 26 seats were up for election, a total of 12 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. One of those districts, District 49, is up for election again in 2014. That district had a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.

Biography

Ragan earned her B.S. from Buena Vista University. Her professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen of Northern Iowa, a farmer and a human resources director.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ragan served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Human Resources, Chair
Natural Resources & Environment
Rules and Administration
Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ragan served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ragan served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate 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 Amanda Ragan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Shawn Dietz defeated Timothy Junker in the Republican primary. Ragan will face Dietz in the general election.[1][2]

Iowa State Senate, District 27 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Dietz 61.5% 1,938
Timothy Junker 38.5% 1,212
Total Votes 3,150

2010

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Ragan won re-election to the 7th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate. Ragan defeated Republican candidate James Mills by a margin of 12,908 to 8,452.[3]

Ragan was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on June 8th.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 7 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Amanda Ragan (D) 12,908 60.4%
James Mills (R) 8,452 39.6%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Ragan was re-elected to the 7th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Kenneth D. Young (R).[5] Ragan raised $156,210 for her campaign, while Young raised $35,604.[6]

Iowa State Senate, District 7 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Ragan (D) 15,138
Kenneth D. Young (R) 5,847

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, a year in which Ragan was up for re-election, he collected $120,411 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Iowa State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Amanda Ragan's campaign in 2010
Iowa Democratic Party$27,889
Iowa Association Of Electric Cooperatives$5,500
Iowa Association Of Community Providers$5,000
Iowa Dental Association$3,500
Iowa Hospital Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2010 $120,411

2006

In 2006 Ragan collected $156,210 in donations.[8]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $64,076
Cerro Gordo County Democratic Central Committee $3,750
Iowa Hospital Association $3,500
Iowa Association of Realtors $2,750

Scorecards

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2012

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

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
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Personal

Ragan and her husband, James, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Anderson (R)
Iowa State Senate District 27
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Mike Sexton
Iowa State Senate District 7
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Rick Bertrand (R)