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Patti Ruff

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Patti Ruff
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Iowa House of Representatives District 56
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
Office website
Patti Ruff is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 56. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Natural Resources



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 Patti Ruff was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Lowell Engle (R), who filed to run on August 12, 2014, in the general election.[1][2][3] Incumbent Ruff defeated Engle in the general election.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives District 56, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatti Ruff Incumbent 55.8% 6,189
     Republican Lowell Engle 44.2% 4,895
Total Votes 11,084


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ruff ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 56. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated District 16 incumbent Bob Hager in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatti Ruff 51.1% 7,361
     Republican Bob Hager Incumbent 48.9% 7,054
Total Votes 14,415

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ruff is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ruff raised a total of $170,494 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[7]

Patti Ruff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 56 Won $170,494
Grand Total Raised $170,494


Ruff won election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ruff raised a total of $170,494.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patti Ruff's campaign in 2012
Iowa Democratic Party$149,835
Food & Commercial Workers District 431$2,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125$2,000
Lincolnway Energy$1,000
Iowa Association for Justice$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$170,494
Source:Follow the Money


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Preceded by
Matt Windschitl (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 56
Succeeded by