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Jake Highfill

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Jake Highfill
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Iowa House of Representatives District 39
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJohnston High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
Office website
Jake Highfill is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Highfill earned his B.S. in Business from the University of Iowa.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government
Natural Resources
State Government, Vice-chair


Campaign themes

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

Honor the Constitution

  • Excerpt: "I believe in personal freedoms and that the individual should be responsible for the choices they make and not the government."

Lower Taxes and Remove Regulations on Iowa’s Job Creators

  • Excerpt: "The best way to create private sector jobs is for the government to get out of the way and let job creators run their business."

Defend the 2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "As your State Representative, I will stand firmly with gun owners and protect their rights."

Protect the Sanctity of Life

  • Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at conception and that taxpayer dollars should not go to fund abortions."

Decrease the Size of Government

  • Excerpt: "I believe a smaller government will help our community grow and prosper and it is what I will fight for at the State Capitol as your Representative."



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 Jake Highfill defeated Taylor Egly and Jerry Kinder in the Republican primary and to face Tom Leffler (D) in the general election. Leffler filed to run on June 30, 2014.[2][3] Incumbent Highfill defeated challenger Leffler in the general election.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives District 39, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJake Highfill Incumbent 55% 7,965
     Democratic Tom Leffler 45% 6,529
Total Votes 14,494

Iowa House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJake Highfill Incumbent 45.9% 1,106
Taylor Egly 34.3% 827
Jerry Kinder 19.9% 479
Total Votes 2,412


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Highfill ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 39. Highfill defeated incumbent Erik Helland in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Highfill defeated Kelsey Clark (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJake Highfill 52.1% 9,218
     Democratic Kelsey Clark 47.9% 8,466
Total Votes 17,684
Iowa House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJake Highfill 52.1% 622
Erik Helland Incumbent 47.9% 572
Total Votes 1,194

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Highfill is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Highfill raised a total of $29,754 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[6]

Jake Highfill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 39 Won $29,754
Grand Total Raised $29,754


Highfill won election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Highfill raised a total of $29,754.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jake Highfill's campaign in 2012
Iowa Republican Party$9,063
Highfill, Jake A$6,400
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$3,000
Highfill, Brent$2,000
Citizens for Preservation of Racing$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$29,754
Source:Follow the Money


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Political offices
Preceded by
Dawn Pettengill (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 39
Succeeded by