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Chip Baltimore

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Chip Baltimore
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Iowa House of Representatives District 47
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIowa State University, 1988
J.D.University of Minnesota Law School, 1993
Place of birthOskaloosa, IA
Office website
Campaign website
Chip Baltimore is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Baltimore earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Iowa State University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. His professional experience includes working as Vice President and in-house counsel for Boone Bank & Trust Co. and Partner in the law firm of Doran, Anderson & Baltimore.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth
Judiciary, Chair
Ways and Means


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


Campaign themes


Baltimore's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Economy and Jobs

  • Excerpt: "It’s Time we began using our many advantages, such as our geographic location at the center of this country’s heartland, our superior agricultural assets, our hard work ethic, and our innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, to create more and better jobs and bring companies from other states and countries to Iowa for their primary place of business."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "It’s Time for our government to lead by example, and stop spending money it doesn’t have. We need leaders who have experience balancing budgets and are willing to make the hard choices necessary to keep our government’s spending in check."

Superior Education

  • Excerpt: "It’s Time for our legislators to set higher expectations for our schools, teachers, administrators, students and parents, instead of lowering our standards. We should stop pandering to special interest groups and start allowing our excellent teachers to teach and our local school boards to make the right decisions on how to create the best learning environment for our children."

Family Values

  • Excerpt: "It’s Time we govern to endorse the family values that reflect the best our society has to offer, rather than enable actions or inactions that detract from those values. Families are the foundation of our communities, and it is vital that we protect them."



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Hans Erickson defeated Mark J. Trueblood in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Chip Baltimore was unopposed in the Republican primary. Erickson faced Baltimore in the general election.[2][3] Incumbent Baltimore defeated Erickson in the general election.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives District 47, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChip Baltimore Incumbent 62.1% 7,178
     Democratic Hans Erickson 37.9% 4,386
Total Votes 11,564

Iowa House of Representatives, District 47 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHans Erickson 56.5% 175
Mark J. Trueblood 43.5% 135
Total Votes 310


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Baltimore ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 48. Baltimore ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Donovan Olson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. The battle was a rematch from 2010.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChip Baltimore Incumbent 52.4% 8,133
     Democratic Donovan Olson 47.6% 7,377
Total Votes 15,510


Baltimore won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Donovan Olson (D) in the November 2 general election.[7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 48 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Baltimore (R) 5,384
Donovan Olson (D) 5,361

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baltimore is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Baltimore raised a total of $566,333 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[8]

Chip Baltimore's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 47 Won $300,202
2010 Iowa State House, District 48 Won $266,131
Grand Total Raised $566,333


Baltimore won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Baltimore raised a total of $300,202.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chip Baltimore's campaign in 2012
Iowa Republican Party$179,862
Iowa Association of Realtors$10,000
Iowa Bankers Association$4,500
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$3,500
Iowa State Bar Association$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$300,202
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Baltimore raised $266,131 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $206,095
Kruck, Steve & Connie $5,100
Iowa Bankers Association $2,500
Baltimore, Chip $2,479


Baltimore and his wife, Diana, have two children.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Iowa

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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[10]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Watts (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 47
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Donovan Olson
Iowa House of Representatives District 48
Succeeded by
Robert Bacon (R)