Jack Hatch

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Jack Hatch
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Iowa State Senate District 17
Former member
In office
2003-2015
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader, Iowa State Senate
2013-2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
1984-2002
Education
Bachelor'sDrake University, 1972
Master'sDrake University, 1973
Personal
Date of birthMarch 13, 1950
Place of birthHartford, CT
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionProtestant
Websites
(dead link) Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jack Hatch (b. March 13, 1950) is a former Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 17 from 2003 to 2015. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1984 to 2002.

On September 16, 2013, Hatch announced his candidacy for the 2014 gubernatorial election. He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, and faced long-time Republican incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad in the general election.[1][2][3] Jack Hatch lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Hatch earned his B.S. and M.P.A. from Drake University in 1972 and 1973, respectively. His professional experience includes working as Chair of the National Housing and Neighborhood Development Corporation, Assistant Planner for the City of Des Moines, Assistant Director for the Central Iowa Regional Association of Local Government, Owner of Hatch and Associates and real estate developer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Commerce
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Human Resources
Labor and Business Relations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hatch served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hatch served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

Hatch ran for Governor of Iowa in 2014. Hatch was uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the June 3 primary. He and running mate Monica Vernon, his lieutenant governor pick, took on the Republican ticket of incumbents Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in the general election. Also on the ballot were the Libertarian ticket of Lee Hieb and Tim Watson and two other minor party tickets.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.[4]

Results

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Branstad/Kim Reynolds Incumbent 59% 666,023
     Democratic Jack Hatch/Monica Vernon 37.3% 420,778
     Libertarian Lee Hieb/Tim Watson 1.8% 20,319
     New Independent Party Jim Hennager/Mary Krieg 0.9% 10,582
     Iowa Party Jonathan Narcisse/Michael Richards 0.9% 10,239
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,093
Total Votes 1,129,034
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.

Race background

Incumbent standing before re-election

Before Branstad formally launched his campaign, polls showed him in excellent standing for re-election, with an average lead of 20 percentage points in hypothetical general election match-ups.[5] Branstad had looked considerably less secure around the time ex-Democratic challenger Tyler Olson entered the race in July 2013, with only 43 percent of polled voters saying they believed the governor deserved to be re-elected and 54 percent answering that he held office long enough, even though 51 percent approved of his performance. A December 2013 poll by Quinnipiac University gave him a boost of 8 percent in both approval and "deserves to be re-elected" categories.[6][7] By mid-March 2014, polls continued to show Branstad sitting comfortably at 63 percent job approval and Hatch trailing behind by 15 points.[8]

Candidate withdrawals

Democratic State Rep. Tyler Olson declared his candidacy for governor in July 2013 and was considered a strong contender for the party's nomination before withdrawing from the race in December 2013.[9] He decided to drop out following the announcement of his separation from wife Sarah Olson, who had been an instrumental part of his family-oriented campaign.[10][11] Olson's withdrawal was followed soon thereafter by former state Sen. Bob Krause's announcement he was shutting down his campaign. Their absences cleared the path for remaining Democratic hopeful Jack Hatch to face Branstad in the general election. Krause immediately gave Hatch his support, while Olson declined to endorse Hatch upon dropping out of the race.[9][12]

Polls

General election
Polls in October 2014

Governor of Iowa: Branstad v. Hatch
Poll Terry Branstad* (R) Jack Hatch (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
NBC News/Marist
October 2014
58%36%6%+/-2.81,235
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
50%37%13%+/-32,322
AVERAGES 54% 36.5% 9.5% +/-2.9 1,778.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Polls through September 2014

Governor of Iowa: Branstad vs. Hatch
Poll Terry Branstad* (R) Jack Hatch (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(December 10-15, 2013)
49%33%18%+/-2.41,617
Selzer & Company/The Des Moines Register Poll
(December 8-11, 2013)
52%29%19%+/-3.8650
Quinnipiac University Poll
(March 5-10, 2014)
46%35%15%+/-2.61,411
Suffolk
(April 3-8, 2014)
42%32%24%+/-3.5800
Public Policy Poll/Progress Iowa*
(April 19-20, 2014)
43%38%19%+/-3.8677
Public Policy Poll/Progress Iowa Continued*
(April 19-20, 2014)
41%40%19%+/-3.8677
Vox Populi/Daily Caller Poll
(April 22-24, 2014)
45%43%12%+/-4.0600
Hickman Analytics Poll
(April 24-30, 2014)
50%40%10%+/-4.4500
Global Strategy Group
(May 13-15, 2014)
47%40%13%+/-4.0602
Public Policy Poll
(May 15-19, 2014)
48%40%12%+/-3.3914
Vox Populi Polling
(June 4-5, 2014)
51%40%9%+/-3.8667
Rasmussen
(June 4-5, 2014)
49%40%8%+/-4.0750
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 12-16, 2014)
47%38%14%+/-2.71,277
NBC News/Marist Poll
(July 16, 2014)
53%38%10%+/-2.51,599
Loras College Poll
(September 2-5, 2014)
55.5%33.5%11%+/-2.821,200
AVERAGES 47.9% 37.3% 14.2% +/-3.43 929.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

*The April 19-20 Progress Iowa poll is displayed above as two separate polls to delineate responses registered before and after respondents were provided information on recent scandals effecting the administration of Gov. Branstad.

Hypothetical match-ups

Governor of Iowa: Branstad vs. Krause
Poll Terry Branstad* (R) Bob Olson (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(December 10-15, 2013)
49%31%19%+/-2.41,617
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Iowa: Branstad vs. Olson
Poll Terry Branstad* (R) Tyler Olson (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(December 10-15, 2013)
50%32%18%+/-2.41,617
Selzer & Company/The Des Moines Register Poll
(December 8-11, 2013)
51%28%21%+/-3.8650
AVERAGES 50.5% 30% 19.5% +/-3.1 1,133.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

2010

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Hatch won re-election to the 33rd District seat in the November 2 general election. He was unopposed and received 10,565 votes.[13]

In the June 8 primary election, Hatch ran unopposed.[14]

Iowa State Senate, District 33 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jack Hatch (D) 10,565 100%

2006

On November 7, 2006, Hatch was re-elected to the 33rd District Seat in the Iowa State Senate with no opposition.[15] He raised $54,212 for his campaign.[16]

Iowa State Senate, District 33 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Hatch (D) 10,204

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, a year in which Hatch was up for re-election, he collected $51,107 in donations.[17]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

2006

In 2006 Hatch collected $54,212 in donations.[18]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Hospital Association $3,500
Iowa Healthcare Association $3,000
Foster, Holmes and Marjorie A. $2,500
Bookey, Harry $2,500

Scorecards

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2012

In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[19]

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.

Personal

Hatch and his wife, Sonja Roberts, have two children.

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References

  1. SunHerald.com, "Democratic state senator launches run for governor," September 16, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Daily Iowan, "Iowa senator announces campaign for governor," September 17, 2013
  3. Jack Hatch for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 17, 2013
  4. 'Desmoines Register, "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013
  5. The Des Moines-Register, "Iowa Poll: Iowans widely approve of state's direction, Branstad's performance," December 16, 2013
  6. Quinnipiac University, Iowa Voters Like Gov. Branstad, But Say It's Time To Go, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Possible 2014 Challengers Are Largely Unknown, July 19, 2013
  7. Quinnipiac University Poll, "December 17, 2013 - Iowa Gov's Approval, Re-election Prospects Improve, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Tops Clinton By 5 Points In 2016 Race," December 17, 2013
  8. Des Moines Register, "Iowa Poll: Support for Branstad up; Hatch sees little progress," March 8, 2014
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named withdrew
  10. Tyler Olson for Governor 2014, "Homepage," accessed July 11, 2013
  11. The Des Moines-Register, "Iowa Poll: Iowans widely approve of state's direction, Branstad's performance," December 16, 2013
  12. The Des Moines-Register, "Krause ends bid for governor, endorses fellow Democrat Hatch," January 2, 2013
  13. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2010 election results," accessed December 24, 2013
  14. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  15. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed April 8, 2014
  16. Follow The Money, "Money Raised by 2006 Senate candidates," accessed April 8, 2014
  17. Follow The Money, "2010 Campaign Contributions," accessed April 8, 2014
  18. Follow The Money, "2006 Campaign Contributions," accessed April 8, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 2, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Wally Horn (D)
Iowa State Senate District 17
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Tony Bisignano (D)
Preceded by
Jeff Lamberti
Iowa State Senate District 33
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Robert Hogg (D)