Dan Kelley

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Dan Kelley
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Iowa House of Representatives District 29
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa, 1993
Office website
Dan Kelley is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Kelley earned his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. His professional experience includes working as a realtor, sales associate for First Choice Realty and owning his own DJ company.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Environmental Protection
Ways and Means


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



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. Incumbent Dan Kelley was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Patrick Payton was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelley faced Payton in the general election.[1][2][3] Incumbent Kelley defeated Payton in the general election, and will keep his seat.[4]


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kelley ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 29. Kelley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Gabe Swersie in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kelley Incumbent 62.4% 9,831
     Republican Gabe Swersie 37.6% 5,927
Total Votes 15,758


Kelley won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Gabriel Swersie (R) in the November 2 general election.[7] Kelley replaced former Representative Paul Bell on the November ballot. Bell passed away in June 2010.

Iowa House of Representatives, District 41 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kelley (D) 5,869
Gabriel Swersie (R) 5,595

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kelley is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kelley raised a total of $56,737 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[8]

Dan Kelley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 29 Won $34,964
2010 Iowa State House, District 41 Won $21,773
Grand Total Raised $56,737


Kelley won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kelley raised a total of $34,964.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Kelley's campaign in 2012
Afscme Iowa Council 61$2,000
Iowa Association of Realtors$2,000
Iowa Bankers Association$1,500
Iowa Corn Growers Association$1,500
Operating Engineers Local 234$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$34,964
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Kelley raised $21,773 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Food & Commercial Workers District 431 $2,000
Jasper County Democratic Central Cmte $1,500
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 $1,500
Great Plains Laborers District Council $1,500


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nate Willems (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 29
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paul Bell
Iowa House of Representatives District 41
Succeeded by
Jo Oldson (D)