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Sam Clovis
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Former candidate for
Iowa Treasurer
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBuhler High School
Bachelor'sUnited States Air Force Academy
Master'sGolden Gate University (MBA)
Ph.D.University of Alabama (Public Administration)
OtherGeorgetown University (National Security Program)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force Colonel
Years of service1971-1996
Date of birthSeptember 18, 1949
Place of birthSalina, Kansas
ReligionRoman Catholic
Personal website
Campaign website
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Sam Clovis (b. September 18, 1949, in Salina, KS) was a Republican candidate for Iowa Treasurer in the 2014 elections. He faced eight term incumbent Democrat Michael Fitzgerald and Libertarian Keith Laube in the general election.[1]

Sam Clovis lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Clovis began the 2014 election cycle as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in Iowa.[2] He was defeated by Joni Ernst in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.[3] Exactly one month after his Clovis' elimination from the U.S. Senate race, he filed to run on the GOP ticket for state treasurer.

Clovis is a tenured professor of economics at Morningside College. He is also a tea-party activist who served as fourth district chair for the 2012 Republican convention. He hosted the conservative radio show "Impact With Sam Clovis" on KSCJ-AM. In May 2013, before launching his 2014 congressional campaign, he said he believes voters "are ready for a red-meat conservative."[4]


Clovis was born in Salina, and raised in Medora, Kansas.[5] He graduated from Buhler High School and left his home state to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Over Clovis' 25-year career in the Air Force, he commanded the 70th Fighter Squadron and ultimately rose to the rank of Colonel. Upon his retirement in 1996, Clovis was the Inspector General of the United States Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.[5]

Clovis holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Alabama. He also studied National Security at Georgetown University.[6]

Since 2005, Clovis has taught economics at Morningside College, a private liberal arts college located in Northwest Iowa. Before becoming a tenured full professor at Morningside, he worked for the Homeland Security Institute from 2004-2010 and taught classes in the Masters of Public Administration program at Iowa State University. He is perhaps best known as the former host of the conservative radio show "Impact With Sam Clovis" on KSCJ-AM.[6]


  • High School Diploma - Buhler High School
  • B.S. - United States Air Force Academy
  • MBA - Golden Gate University
  • Ph.D. in public administration - University of Alabama



Iowa State Treasurer

See also: Iowa down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Clovis ran for Iowa Treasurer in 2014. He filed for the office on July 3, 2014, one month after his loss in the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate. He was nominated at the Iowa GOP convention and faced incumbent Democrat Michael Fitzgerald and Libertarian Keith Laube in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


Iowa Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Fitzgerald Incumbent 52.9% 576,942
     Republican Sam Clovis 43.7% 476,633
     Libertarian Keith Laube 3.4% 36,945
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 670
Total Votes 1,091,190
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Clovis' campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

I intend to change the culture of the Treasurer of State in Iowa by:

Protecting the wealth of Iowa and Iowans
The economic climate in Iowa seems to be pretty sound and steady. However, the environment at the national level is anything but. The Gross Domestic Product is showing a serious decline and the Federal Reserve continues quantitative easing—pumping currency into the money supply—which weakens the value of the dollar and has led to an over-inflated stock market. Equity investment carries extraordinary risk right now and nothing is being done in Iowa to mitigate that risk. The next Treasurer of State will make sure that all measures will be taken to bring Safety to our investments.

Expanding opportunities to grow the wealth of future generations of Iowans
The Dodd-Frank legislation, through its regulatory regime, is forcing many of our local banks to reconsider their financial viability in the state. This is unfortunate. Iowa banks should be able to invest in Iowa through expanded opportunities offered through the office of the Treasurer of State. Rather than offering investment opportunities four times a year, I will advocate for twice as many investment windows for twice the level of funds available. Eliminate the use of state funds for political campaigns. I will advocate to the General Assembly that those who are holding elected office cannot appear in or run Public Service Announcements (PSAs) associated with programs under their purview within 90 days of a primary or general election. The current Treasurer has surged the use of PSAs associated with the College 529 program and Iowa Treasure Hunt each election year. Perhaps he should have to raise campaign money on his own rather than spending YOUR money for such purposes.

Provide a vision for a Better, Greater Iowa

The Treasurer of State should be able to articulate–for the General Assembly, the Governor, and the People—a plan on how to retain and grow the population and wealth of the state. The role of the Treasurer of State in creating this vision is critical. As the steward of the wealth of the state, the Treasurer must be able to offer expanded investment opportunities for Iowans, more options in public pension plans, affordability and portability in savings and investment plans, more options for educational options and efficient, effective operations in restoring lost wealth back to the rightful owners. Without the strong advocacy of the Treasurer of State, the future of the state might be less certain.

The next Treasurer of State for Iowa must be more than a caretaker and bureaucrat. Through Stewardship, Leadership and Statesmanship, I will do all I can to meet the objectives outlined above.[7] [8]

Campaign ads

Sam Clovis For Treasurer Ad - Published to YouTube October 1, 2014



Endorsed by Clovis: In October 2014, Clovis announced his endorsement of Republican Jeremy Davis for state Senate District 23, Clovis' home district, in the 2014 elections. Davis, an Ames City Councilman, ran against incumbent Democrat state Sen. Herman Quirmbach. Clovis called praised Davis' "limited government approach" and uniting style of leadership in a press release.[9]

Endorsements for Clovis: Clovis' 2014 treasurer campaign received the endorsement of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry's (ABI) Iowa Industry PAC (IIPAC)[10]

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Clovis ran as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Iowa.[11] He was defeated by Joni Ernst in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

U.S. Senate, Iowa Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoni Ernst 56.2% 88,535
Sam Clovis 18% 28,418
Mark Jacobs 16.8% 26,523
Matt Whitaker 7.5% 11,884
Scott Schaben 1.4% 2,233
Total Votes 157,593
Source: Iowa Secretary of State

Campaign donors


U.S. Senate primary

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clovis's reports.[12]

Clovis raised $75,000 in the third quarter of 2013, after raising just $14,000 in the previous quarter.[15] He ended the quarter with about $35,000 in cash on hand.[15]


Clovis resides in Hinton, Iowa, with his wife, Charlotte, and his stepson, Khan. He also has two adult children.[6][5]

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