David Young

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David Young
U.S. House, Iowa, District 3
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorTom Latham (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJohnston High School (1986)
Bachelor'sDrake University
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David Young is a Republican member to the U.S. House, representing the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa.[1] He defeated challengers Staci Appel (D), Edward Wright (L) and Bryan Jack Holder (I) in the general election for the seat on November 4, 2014.[2] Young won the nomination in the Republican convention on June 21, 2014.[3]

He formerly served as chief of staff for Sen. Chuck Grassley.[4]



  • 1986: Johnston High School
  • Buena Vista University
  • Drake University, Bachelor's degree


Below is an abbreviated outline of Young's academic, professional and political career:[6]

  • 1991: Graduated from Drake University with a B.A.
  • 1993-1996: Staff, United States Senator Hank Brown of Colorado
  • 1998-2006: Campaign Manager, United States Senator James Bunning of Kentucky
  • 2006-2013: Chief of Staff, United States Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa
  • 2015-Present: U.S. House Representative, Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

Young initially worked as a consumer loan trainee in Des Moines after graduating from Drake University, but subsequently headed to Washington and worked for members of Congress, including seven years of service as Chuck Grassley's chief of staff.[5][7]



See also: Iowa's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Young ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 3rd District.[1] Young won the nomination in the Republican convention on June 21, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Staci Appel 42.2% 119,109
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Young 52.8% 148,814
     Libertarian Ed Wright 3.2% 9,054
     Independent Bryan Jack Holder 1.5% 4,360
     Write-in Other 0.3% 729
Total Votes 282,066
Source: Iowa Secretary of State Official Results

Young previously had announced he would run for the Senate seat in 2014, but on January 2, 2014, announced he would instead run for the seat left vacant by 3rd District incumbent Tom Latham, who chose not to seek re-election in 2014.[1]

“For Republicans to have a clear shot at winning that Senate race, we need to avoid a convention, and me moving to Iowa 3 narrows that field and puts us closer to that goal,” Young said in early January 2014.[1]

The Republican nomination will be decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot.[8]

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Brad Zaun 24.8% 10,522
Robert Cramer 21.3% 9,032
Matt Schultz 19.9% 8,464
Monte Shaw 17% 7,220
David Young 15.5% 6,604
Joe Grandanette 1.6% 661
Total Votes 42,503
Source: Iowa Secretary of State


Even though Sen. Chuck Grassley promised to remain neutral in the Republican primary, he will host two June fundraisers for Young, his former chief of staff.[9][10]

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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Young's reports.[11]

David Young (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$0.00$152,785.00$(1,281.25)$151,503.75
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$151,503.75$112,344.26$(139,795.74)$124,052.27
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$62,363$120,049$(97,342)$87,567
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2014$87,567$799,037$(591,410)$295,193
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Preceded by
Tom Latham (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Iowa District 3
2015 - Present
Succeeded by