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Thomas Courtney
Iowa State Senate District 44
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 12
Majority Whip, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Office website
Personal website
Thomas Courtney is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He served on the Burlington School Board.


Courtney's professional experience includes working for Case/New Holland Company. He served in the United States Air Force.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Judiciary, Vice-chair
Rules and Administration
State Government


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Courtney served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Courtney served on these committees:



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Courtney ran for re-election to Iowa State Senate District 44 in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Brad Bourn in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Courtney Incumbent 57% 16,125
     Republican Brad Bourn 43% 12,168
Total Votes 28,293


On November 4, 2008, Courtney was re-elected to the 44th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating David Kerr (R).[3] Courtney raised $89,781 for his campaign, while Kerr raised $8,433.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 44 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Courtney (D) 15,601
David Kerr (R) 10,536

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Courtney is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Courtney raised a total of $323,512 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Thomas Courtney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 44 Won $113,251
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $44,144
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 44 Won $89,781
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $36,597
2004 Iowa State Senate, District 44 Won $22,321
2002 Iowa State Senate, District 44 Won $17,418
Grand Total Raised $323,512


Courtney won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Courtney raised a total of $113,251.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Courtney's campaign in 2012
Iowa Democratic Party$36,483
Iowa Corn Growers Association$4,000
Iowa Credit Union League$3,500
Iowa Association of Realtors$3,500
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$113,251
Source:Follow the Money


In 2008 Courtney collected $89,781 in donations.[6]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Credit Union League $7,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $3,500
John Deere & Co. $2,750
Master Builders of Iowa $2,500


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[7]

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Courtney is widowed and has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Angelo
Iowa State Senate District 44
Succeeded by