Tom W. Shaw

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Tom W. Shaw
Tom Shaw.jpg
Iowa House of Representatives District 10
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sCriminal Justice
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1982-2002
Place of birthLaurens, IA
ProfessionChief of Police, Laurens Police Department
Office website
Tom W. Shaw is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Shaw did not seek re-election in 2014.


Shaw's professional experience includes working as Chief of Police for the Laurens, Iowa Police Department. He served in the United States Navy from 1982 to 2002.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Ethics, Vice-chair
Natural Resources
Public Safety, Vice-chair
Veterans Affairs


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



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shaw ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 10. Shaw defeated Maison Bleam in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. No Democratic candidates filed in the district. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom W. Shaw Incumbent 65% 1,468
Maison Bleam 35% 791
Total Votes 2,259


Shaw won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Susan G. Bangert (D) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom W. Shaw (R) 7,304
Susan G. Bangert (D) 3,753

Campaign donors


In 2010, Shaw raised $151,044 in contributions.[4]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $108,877
Shaw, Tom W $6,403
Freedom First PAC Iowa $2,000


Shaw has a wife, Diana.


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Deyoe (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dolores Mertz
Iowa House of Representatives District 8
Succeeded by
Henry Rayhons (R)