Dan Zumbach

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Dan Zumbach
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Iowa State Senate District 48
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Assistant Minority Leader
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthDelaware County, Iowa
Office website
Dan Zumbach is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader.


Zumbach's professional experience includes working on a family farm.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Zumbach served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Natural Resources & Environment


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


Campaign themes

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

  • “I have been out meeting with voters and listening to their concerns. They are wanting to see the size of the state budget be reduced, remove burdensome business regulations, and work to improve and enhance our education system. I will take these ideas and concerns to Des Moines if the voters decide to elect me.”
  • “I am a fiscal conservative and understand the importance of working within our means. We must allow more creativity in the process so we can spend smarter and more efficiently. Iowans are intelligent and creative people. We need to get back to work together again to provide real solutions which every Iowan will feel in each of their lives."



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Zumbach ran in the 2012 election for Iowa State Senate District 48. He defeated Brian W. Cook in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Zumbach defeated Nate Willems (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Iowa State Senate, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Zumbach 50.9% 16,415
     Democratic Nate Willems 49.1% 15,858
Total Votes 32,273
Iowa State Senate, District 48 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Zumbach 78.8% 1,479
Brian Cook 21.2% 399
Total Votes 1,878

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zumbach is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Zumbach raised a total of $254,426 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[4]

Dan Zumbach's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 48 Won $254,426
Grand Total Raised $254,426


Zumbach won election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Zumbach raised a total of $254,426.


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Dan and his wife, Michelle, have four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joni Ernst (R)
Iowa State Senate District 48
Succeeded by