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Bob Quast
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Iowa
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWhitewater High School
Bachelor'sSt. Ambrose University
Master'sUniversity of Iowa
Campaign website
Bob Quast was a 2014 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Iowa.[1][2][3] He was defeated by Joni Ernst (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]


In 1992, Quast earned his B.A. from St. Ambrose University in accounting and business administration with a concentration in finance. He minored in economics and French. He later went on to attend the University of Iowa to earn an M.B.A. in 1999.[5]

Quast has worked in the energy sector for 24 years.[6] He is also the owner of a custom limousine and exotic car company.[1] Additionally, he worked as adjunct professor of accounting at St. Ambrose University.[5]


Campaign themes


Quast submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[5]

I am fiscally conservative and believe our federal government must address its unbalanced budget - raising revenue and cutting waste. I am against long wars, but believe firmly in a strong military. We must do far better taking care of our brave soldiers and retired veterans. We should help those in need, while leaving the majority of Americans alone. As an example, the health insurance mandate has hurt more Iowans and Americans than it could ever help; this law must be corrected. I am a true environmentalist, not an extremist. Responsible development of all forms of American energy is the key to ending the Great Recession; energy careers are high paying, often union protected, and these jobs cannot be exported overseas.[7]



See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Quast ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Iowa.[8][2]

He failed to file as a major party candidate prior to the filing deadline. He ran instead as an Independent candidate.[3] He was defeated by Joni Ernst (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

U.S. Senate, Iowa General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bruce Braley 43.8% 494,370
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoni Ernst 52.1% 588,575
     Libertarian Douglas Butzier 0.7% 8,232
     Independent Rick Stewart 2.4% 26,815
     Independent Ruth Smith 0.4% 4,724
     Independent Bob Quast 0.5% 5,873
     Write-in Other 0.1% 1,111
Total Votes 1,129,700
Source: Iowa Secretary of State Official Results


Quast lives in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife, Becky. They have three children.[6]

In 2011 Quast published a book about the murder of his sister.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LinkedIn: "Bob Quast," accessed March 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Des Moines Register, "Long-shot Iowa U.S. Senate candidate flashes gun and knife in ad meant to have 'sense of humor'," accessed April 9, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Iowa Secretary of State, "Candidate Listing by Office," accessed March 15, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Huffington Post, "Election 2014," accessed November 6, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on February 27, 2014]
  6. 6.0 6.1 Facebook: "Bob Quast 2014, About," accessed March 9, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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