Ross C. Paustian

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Ross C. Paustian
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Iowa House of Representatives, District 92
In office
January 12, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa House of Representatives
District 84
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University (1978)
Place of birthDavenport, IA
Office website
Ross C. Paustian is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 92. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. He previously served another term representing District 84 from 2011 to 2013.


Paustian earned his B.S. in Animal Science from South Dakota State University. His professional experience includes owning Paustian Enterprises, LLC, a farrow-to-finish hog producer and serving as President of the Scott County Farm Bureau and the Scott County Pork Producers.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Paustian served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Vice chair
Economic Growth
Environmental Protection
Natural Resources


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



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 Frank B. Wood was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ross C. Paustian was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wood faced Paustian in the general election.[1][2][3] Challenger Paustian defeated incumbent Wood in the general election.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives District 92, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoss C. Paustian 54.2% 6,117
     Democratic Frank B. Wood Incumbent 45.8% 5,175
Total Votes 11,292


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Paustian ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 92. Paustian ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and was defeated by Frank B. Wood (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 92, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Wood 52.4% 8,392
     Republican Ross C. Paustian Incumbent 47.6% 7,626
Total Votes 16,018


Paustian won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Sheri L. Carnahan (D) in the November 2 general election.[7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 84 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoss C. Paustian (R) 6,259
Sheri L. Carnahan (D) 4,682

Campaign donors


In 2010, Paustian raised $238,498 in contributions.[8]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $160,972
Iowa Farm Bureau $11,515
John Deere & Co $2,500
Associated Builders & Contractors Of Iowa $1,500
Educational Opportunities PAC $1,500


Paustian and his wife, Carol, have two children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Wood (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 92
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Elesha Gayman
Iowa House District 84
Succeeded by
David Heaton (R)