Scott Ourth

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Scott Ourth
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Iowa House of Representatives District 26
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHixson High School
Bachelor'sGraceland College
Master'sCentral Michigan University
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Ourth is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Scott's professional experience includes working as a member of the Warren County public affairs team.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth
Natural Resources


Campaign themes


Ourth's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Creating Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I will work to expand wind, biomass, ethanol, biodiesel, and other forms of renewable energy to spur economic development and to decrease our dependence on foreign oil."

Ending Wasteful Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative, I will lead efforts to make state government more accountable and more transparent. I will balance the budget without raising taxes, and I will put the state budget online so the taxpayers can see how their money is being spent."

Early Childhood Education

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative, I will provide a strong voice for our young children. I will fight to make sure every little Iowan has access to excellent educational opportunities from the very beginning, opportunities that prepare them to grow and flourish during a lifetime made rich through learning."

Primary/Secondary Education

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative, I’ll work tirelessly to make certain our primary and secondary schools are the best in the nation. I’ll see to it that our teachers have the resources and the tools to get the job done. We must once again lead the nation in core curriculum training, the arts, and physical education so our young ones grow up prepared to compete in the new global economy.

Post-Secondary Education

  • Excerpt: "As your state representative, I will fight to keep tuition low at our Regent’s institutions and make access to financial aid easier and more affordable. I will work to keep the Iowa Tuition Grant an option for those who wish to attend one of Iowa’s twenty-nine independent colleges and universities."



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 Scott Ourth was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while James L. Butler defeated Eric Durbin in the Republican primary. Ourth faced Butler in the general election.[3][4] Incumbent Ourth defeated Butler in the general election, and will maintain his seat.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 26 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Butler 51.9% 683
Eric Durbin 48.1% 634
Total Votes 1,317


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ourth announced his intention to run for election in 2012 on May 13, 2011.[6] Ourth ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 26. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Steve McCoy (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Ourth 52.1% 8,452
     Republican Steve McCoy 47.9% 7,758
Total Votes 16,210


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ourth was a Democratic candidate for District 74 of the Iowa House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010, state legislative elections. Ourth was defeated by Glen H. Massie (R) in the November 2 general election.[9]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ourth is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ourth raised a total of $476,259 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[10]

Scott Ourth's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 26 Won $159,384
2010 Iowa State House, District 75 Defeated $316,875
Grand Total Raised $476,259


Ourth won election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ourth raised a total of $159,384.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Ourth's campaign in 2012
Iowa Democratic Party$59,724
Mcclain, Kenneth$5,000
Mcclain, Kenneth & Cindy$5,000
Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council$4,700
Operating Engineers Local 234$4,700
Total Raised in 2012$159,384
Source:Follow the Money


Outh and his wife, Heather, have one child.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Wolfe (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 26
Succeeded by