Joel Fry

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Joel Fry
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Iowa House of Representatives District 27
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSimpson College
Master'sUniversity of Iowa School of Social Work
Place of birthOsceola, IA
Office website
Campaign website
Joel Fry is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Fry serves as Assistant Majority Leader.


Fry earned his B.A. from Simpson College and his an M.S. in Social Work from the University of Iowa. His professional experience includes working as a health care consultant, President of TEAM Restoration Ministries and Adjunct Faculty at Simpson College and the University of Iowa School of Social Work.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Administration and Rules
Human Resources
Public Safety


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fry served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Fry's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Constitutional Rights

  • Excerpt: "As citizens of a free country, we must stand up and abide by the Constitution of the United States. I will fight to uphold those basic rights of the Iowa Constitution to their fullest."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "I understand the need for less bureaucracy and taxation. I support a reduction in property taxes that will ultimately fuel business and create more job opportunities. Stimulating an environment where entrepreneurial business can begin is critical to the rural way of life as well as returning Iowa's sons and daughters back to their native homes."


  • Excerpt: "Every family deserves the choice of how best to meet the educational needs of their children. Many families are unable to choose to place their children in private or home school programs due to financial constraints. I will help create programs that allow parents the choice of how to educate their children. These options should be available to all citizens regardless of economic status."

Honest Leadership

  • Excerpt: "Overwhelmingly, constituents everywhere raise intense frustration over the Iowa Supreme Court stripping Iowans of our constitutional right to vote on the definition of marriage. I am committed to standing firm on allowing the citizens of the state to vote on this issue."

Iowa's Economy

  • Excerpt: "I believe that a more stable economy means a more stable home life for all Iowans. The current economic conditions have affected all households which ultimately caused us all to review our household budget. In that review each family has to make decisions where they will choose to continue spending their income. The same must be true for government."



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Fred P. Diehl was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Joel Fry was unopposed in the Republican primary. Diehl will face Fry in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fry ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 27. Fry defeated James Demichelis, Jr. in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[6][7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Fry Incumbent 67.4% 8,230
     Independent Ruth Eileen Smith 32.6% 3,977
Total Votes 12,207
Iowa House of Representatives, District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Fry Incumbent 85.5% 1,473
James Demichelis, Jr. 14.5% 249
Total Votes 1,722


Fry won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Michael Reasoner (D) in the November 2 general election.[8]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 95 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Fry (R) 6,191
Michael Reasoner (D) 4,732

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fry is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fry raised a total of $277,461 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[9]

Joel Fry's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 27 Won $37,466
2010 Iowa State House, District 95 Won $239,995
Grand Total Raised $277,461


Fry won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fry raised a total of $37,466.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joel Fry's campaign in 2012
Iowa Republican Party$5,313
Iowa Hospital Association$2,000
Iowa Dental Association$1,500
Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa$1,500
Iowa Medical Society$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$37,466
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010 Fry collected $239,995 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[10]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joel Fry's campaign in 2010
Iowa Republican Party$205,621
Freedom First PAC Iowa$2,000
Little Sioux Corn Processors$1,400
For Americas Republican Majority PAC$1,000
Lincolnway Energy$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $239,995


Fry and his wife, Heather, have three children.


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Isenhart (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 27
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael Reasoner
Iowa House of Representatives District 95
Succeeded by
Quentin Stanerson (R)