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Tom Hancock

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Tom Hancock
Iowa State Senate District 16
Former Member
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First elected2004
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Tom Hancock is a former Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 16 from 2005 to 2013.

Hancock was a Fire Fighter/Fire Chief for the Epworth Fire Department from 1968 to 2003. He is a retired Postal Worker for the United States Postal Service.

Hancock will not be seeking re-election in 2012.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Hancock announced in October 2011 that he would not seek re-election in 2012. Although he was placed in the same district as fellow incumbent Tod Bowman (D), Hancock said redistricting was not a factor in his decision. ."..I just really didn’t have the energy to do it again. I just felt I didn’t want to go through another election. I love the job, but I kind of hate the politics of it. But I certainly did my best for seven years, and I have another year left," he said.[1]

Hancock officially submitted his resignation, effective January 1, 2013, on February 1, 2012.[2]


On November 4, 2008, Hancock was re-elected to the 16th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Dave McLaughlin (R).[3] Hancock raised $279,317 for his campaign, while McLaughlin raised $50,304.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.pngTom Hancock (D) 17,129
Dave McLaughlin (R) 13,660

Campaign donors


In 2008 Hancock raised $279,317 in donations.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $169,602
All Children Matter $13,600
International Association of Fire Fighters $5,500
Iowa Farm Bureau $5,299

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Hancock and his wife, Coleen, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Zieman
Iowa State Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Dick Dearden (D)