|Iowa State Senate District 19|
|January 10, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Minority Whip, Iowa State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||January 18, 2011|
|Bachelor's||Iowa State University|
|Master's||Iowa State University|
|Profession||Assistant Football Coach, Drake University|
Whitver has served as Minority Whip since 2014.
Whitver earned his B.S. in Exercise Science and his M.B.A. from Iowa State University. His professional experience includes owning Acceleration Iowa.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Whitver served on the following committees:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa|
|• Human Resources|
|• State Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Whitver served on these committees:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Economic Growth/Rebuild|
|• Human Resources|
Whitver's 2011 special election campaign site emphasized several key policy positions and campaign themes:
- Summary: "Jack is a pro-life, pro-family, fiscal conservative. He will fight for traditional marriage and will fight to support the 2nd Amendment. He believes that an attack on the 2nd Amendment is not only an attack on gun rights, but an attack on all of our liberties protected in the Bill of Rights."
Jack Whitver's nomination speech
- Budget: "Jack believes that spending in America has gotten out of control. It is immoral for government to continue to incur debt and pass it on to our children. Concerned that the spending problems at the national level have trickled down to Iowa, Jack is dedicated to balancing the state budget. As a business owner, Jack believes that a balanced budget means "money in" equals "money out."He will oppose legislation that uses gimmicks or one time "stimulus" dollars to balance the budget."
- Taxes: "Jack believes that the government is not the answer to our problems. Lower taxes will allow the private sector to stimulate the economy. It is wrong for government to think they are the ones who can stimulate the economy."
- Agriculture: "Jack understands that agriculture remains the backbone of Iowa's economy and will work to not only promote Iowa's agricultural interests, but protect farmers from overzealous regulation and increased taxation."
- Education: "As a young father and product of Iowa's public schools, Jack knows that Iowa must prepare its children to compete in a global economy. Jack is dedicated to making sure that Iowa’s schools are the best in the nation, which means a greater focus on student achievement and rewarding quality teachers."
Below is a video of Jack's nomination speech, courtesy of Craig Robinson of The Iowa Republican.
- See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate 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 Jack Whitver defeated Brett H. Nelson in the Republican primary and faced Nelson (I) again in the general election. Nelson filed to run as an Independent on August 13, 2014. Incumbent Whitver defeated challenger Nelson in the general election.
|Iowa State Senate, District 19 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Jack Whitver Incumbent||78.8%||2,362|
Whitver won the Republican nomination for the special election to fill Noble's vacant Senate seat. Whitver went on to defeat Democratic candidate John Calhoun (D) in the January 18 special election.
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Whitver and his wife, Rachel, have one child.
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- Iowa State Senate - Sen. Jack Whitver
- Campaign Site
- Profile from Open States
- Jack Whitver on Facebook
- Iowa Independent, "Bachmann gets nod from fourth Iowa Senator," August 14, 2011
- The Conservative Reader:Iowa, Jack Whitver Wins GOP Nomination In Iowa Senate District 35, December 31, 2010
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 30, 2014
- The Des Moines Register, "Election2014," accessed November 5, 2014
- Des Moines Register, "Republican Jack Whitver wins Iowa Senate seat," January 19, 2011
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 2, 2014
Robert Hogg (D)
|Iowa State Senate District 19
| Succeeded by|
Larry Noble (R)
|Iowa State Senate District 35
| Succeeded by|
Wally Horn (D)