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Jerry Behn
Iowa State Senate District 24
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 18
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
County Supervisor, Boone County
Date of birthJanuary 31, 1954
Place of birthBoone County, IA
Office website
Jerry Behn (b. January 31, 1954) is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He served as County Supervisor for Boone County from 1995 to 1996.

Behn serves as Assistant Minority Leader.


Behn's professional experience includes working as a farmer.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Ways and Means


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


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Behn ran for re-election to Iowa State Senate District 24 in 2012. Behn ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Shelly Stotts in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Behn Incumbent 54.8% 17,035
     Democratic Shelly Stotts 45.2% 14,049
Total Votes 31,084


On November 4, 2008, Behn was re-elected to the 24th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Albert Sorensen (D).[3] Behn raised $157,379 for his campaign, while Sorensen raised $22,667.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Behn (R) 22,970
Albert Sorensen (D) 16,223

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Behn is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Behn raised a total of $842,658 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Jerry Behn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 24 Won $392,750
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $2,411
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 24 Won $157,379
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $38,234
2004 Iowa State Senate, District 24 Won $115,124
2000 Iowa State Senate, District 40 Won $122,422
1998 Iowa State Senate, District 40 Not up for election $14,338
Grand Total Raised $842,658


Behn won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Behn raised a total of $392,750.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jerry Behn's campaign in 2012
Iowa Republican Party$45,954
Concordia Group$26,000
Iowans For Tax Relief$23,500
Iowa Healthcare Association$9,250
Stark, C Richard Jr$9,250
Total Raised in 2012$392,750
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[6]

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.


Behn and his wife, Denise, have four children.

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