John Wittneben

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John Wittneben
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Iowa House of Representatives District 7
Former Member
In office
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Estherville City Council
Associate'sIowa Lakes Community College, 1975
Date of birthMay 2, 1955
Place of birthEstherville
ProfessionProfessional Licensed Land Surveyor, Wittneben Land Surveying
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John Witteneben (b. May 2, 1955) is a former Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 7 from 2011 to 2013.

Wittneben has owned and operated his own land surveying business, Wittneben Land Surveying, since 2001. He previously worked as a surveyor in the natural gas pipeline industry and as an inspector at Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in Seabrook, NH. He served on the Estherville, IA City Council from 2008 to 2010 and is a board member and past president of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Friends of Fort Defiance, a community organization dedicated to improving Fort Defiance State Park, and on the Good Samaritan Citizen Advisory Board in Estherville. Wittneben holds an A.A. from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Committee assignments


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



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wittneben ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 7. Wittneben ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and was defeated by Tedd Gassman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTedd Gassman 50.1% 7,669
     Democratic John Wittneben Incumbent 49.9% 7,625
Total Votes 15,294


Wittneben won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Lannie Miller (R) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 7 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Wittneben (D) 5,140
Lannie Miller (R) 5,108

Campaign donors


In 2010, Wittneben raised $110,479 in contributions.[4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $88,971
Great Plains Laborers District Council $1,500
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Iowa State Building & Construction Trades Council $1,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marcella Frevert
Iowa House District 7
Succeeded by
Tedd Gassman (R)