Julian B. Garrett

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Julian B. Garrett
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Iowa State Senate, District 13
In office
December 6, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa House of Representatives, District 25
January 10, 2011-December 6, 2013
Bachelor'sCentral College
J.D.University of Iowa Law School
ReligionLutheran Church
Office website
Julian B. Garrett is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 19, 2013.

Garrett served in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 25 from 2011 to December 2013.

This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Iowa Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, when 26 seats were up for election, a total of 12 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. One of those districts, District 49, was up for election again in 2014. That district had a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.


Garrett earned his B.S from Central College and his J.D. from the University of Iowa Law School. His professional experience includes owning a private law practice and operating a beef cattle feedlot.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Human Resources


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



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. Pam Deichmann was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Julian B. Garrett was unopposed in the Republican primary. Deichmann faced Garrett and Clair Tom Thompson (L) in the general election.[1][2][3] Incumbent Garrett defeated both challengers in the general election.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett Incumbent 61% 15,326
     Democratic Pam Deichmann 35.4% 8,900
     Libertarian Clair Tom Thompson 3.6% 893
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 14
Total Votes 25,133


See also: Iowa state legislative special elections, 2013

Garrett won election in the special election for Iowa State Senate District 13. The seat was vacant following Kent Sorenson's (R) resignation following allegations of ethics violations. Garrett was selected as the Republican nominee at an October 17 caucus. He defeated Mark Davitt (D) in the special election, which took place on November 19.[5][6][7][8][9]

Iowa State Senate, District 13, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett 58.2% 4,908
     Democratic Mark Davitt 41.8% 3,522
Total Votes 8,430


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Garrett ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 25. Garrett defeated Joan Acela in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Garrett defeated Katie Routh (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett Incumbent 54.8% 9,082
     Democratic Katie Routh 45.2% 7,487
Total Votes 16,569
Iowa House of Representatives, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett Incumbent 58.5% 917
Joan Acela 41.5% 651
Total Votes 1,568


Garrett won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Tim Pierce (D) in the November 2 general election.[12]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 73 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett (R) 8,826
Tim Pierce (D) 4,851

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Garrett is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Garrett raised a total of $174,486 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[13]

Julian B. Garrett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 25 Won $47,668
2010 Iowa State House, District 73 Won $43,114
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 37 Defeated $83,704
Grand Total Raised $174,486


Garrett won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Garrett raised a total of $47,668.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Julian B. Garrett's campaign in 2012
Iowa Republican Party$15,523
Iowa State Bar Association$2,950
Iowa Farm Bureau$2,044
Madison County Republicans$1,800
Iowa Association of Business & Industry$1,800
Total Raised in 2012$47,668
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Garrett raised $43,114 in contributions.[14]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $11,695
Garrett, Julian B $6,000
Garrett, John $3,251
Iowa State Bar Association $3,000


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Garrett and his wife, Nancy, have three sons.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kent Sorenson (R)
Iowa State Senate District 13
December 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Brian Moore
Iowa House of Representatives District 25
January 2013–December 2013
Succeeded by
Stan Gustafson (R)
Preceded by
Jodi Tymeson
Iowa House of Representatives District 73
Succeeded by
Bobby Kaufmann (R)