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Tyler Olson

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Tyler Olson
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Iowa House of Representatives District 65
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sClaremont McKenna College, 1998
J.D.University of Iowa, 2003
Personal
Place of birthCedar Rapids, IA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Tyler Olson is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 65. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Olson ran briefly in the 2014 race for Governor of Iowa. He declared his candidacy for the office - held by Republican incumbent Terry Branstad - in July 2013 and was considered a strong contender for the Democratic nomination before withdrawing from the race in December of that year, six months ahead of the primary election.[1] He decided to drop out following the announcement of his separation from wife Sarah Olson, who had been an instrumental part of his family-oriented campaign.[2][3]

Biography

Olson's professional experience includes working as an Attorney with Bradley and Riley, PC, Assistant Finance Director with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Finance Director of Rob Tully for Congress.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Commerce
Ethics
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

Olson was running for Governor of Iowa in the 2014 election, but he dropped out of the race on Dec. 17, 2013, citing personal reasons related to the recent dissolution of his marriage.[1][4] Had he remained a candidate, Olson would have faced Jack Hatch in the Democratic primary election on June 3, 2014, for the right to take on popular incumbent Terry Branstad (R) in the November 4, 2014 general election.[5]

Endorsements

Olson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign was endorsed by:

  • Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)[6]
  • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 110 - Cedar Rapids[7]
  • State Rep. Dan Kelley[8]

Impact of divorce on campaign

Olson announced on December 2, 2013, he was downgrading his campaign efforts until early 2014 in order to focus on personal issues stemming from his separation from wife Sarah Olson.[9] The announcement came roughly five months after Olson launched his bid for the 2104 Democratic nomination for governor, during which time he had exceeded expectations by attracting multiple prominent labor endorsements and endearing himself to many potential voters by embedding charming stories about his family life into his speeches.[10] Since a number of these were romantic anecdotes about his relationship with his soon-to-be ex-wife, the divorce was deemed to be politically significant enough to compel Olson to retreat and revamp his campaign platform- at the risk of never regaining the momentum he had enjoyed prior to the announcement.[10] Despite resulting reports calling "scaling back" a prelude to the campaign inevitably shutting down altogether, Olson initially dismissed the death-knell invocations. After re-stating his commitment to staying in race, Olson confirmed he was withdrawing his bid on December 17, 2013.[1][9] Olson's exit cleared the path for Democratic candidate Jack Hatch to score the party's nomination; Olson noticeably declined to endorse his former primary opponent upon dropping out of the race.[1]

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olson ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 65. Olson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. No Republican candidates filed in the district. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

2010

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson won re-election to the 38th District Seat in 2010 against Jason Marshall. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[13]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 38 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTyler Olson (D) 7,136
Jason Marshall (Ind) 1,410

2008

On November 4, 2008, Olson was re-elected to the 38th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives with no opposition.[14] He raised $78,013 for his campaign.[15]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 38
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTyler Olson (D) 11,571

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $301,882 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[16]

Tyler Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 65 Won $65,162
2010 Iowa State House, District 38 Won $59,855
2008 Iowa State House, District 38 Won $78,013
2006 Iowa State House, District 38 Won $98,852
Grand Total Raised $301,882

2012

Olson won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $65,162.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tyler Olson's campaign in 2012
Iowa Credit Union League$5,500
Iowa Association of Realtors$4,500
Iowa Healthcare Association$2,200
Hy-Vee Inc$2,100
Iowa State Bar Association$2,100
Total Raised in 2012$65,162
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010 Olson collected $59,855 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[17]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tyler Olson's campaign in 2010
Iowa Society Of Anesthesiologists$3,575
Iowa Credit Union League$2,750
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$2,500
Iowa Hospital Association$2,000
Iowa Dental Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $59,855

2008

In 2008 Olson collected $78,013 in donations.[18]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $5,000
Iowa Credit Union League $3,000
Iowa Bankers Association $2,600
Iowa State Bar Association $2,100
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125 $2,100

Personal

Olson is a member of Access Iowa, the American Bar Association, Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary, Citizens for a Better Cedar Rapids, First Presbyterian Church, Iowa State Bar Association, Linn County Bar Association, Linn County Phoenix Club, Linn Law Club, Neighborhood Revitalization Service Board of Directors and the New Bohemia Arts and Culture District Board of Directors.[19]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Des Moines-Register, "Democrat Tyler Olson confirms he's dropping out of Iowa governor's race," December 17, 2013
  2. Tyler Olson for Governor 2014, "Homepage," accessed July 11, 2013
  3. The Des Moines-Register, "Iowa Poll: Iowans widely approve of state's direction, Branstad's performance," December 16, 2013
  4. Des Moines Register, Democrat Tyler Olson jumps into the Iowa governor’s race, July 9, 2013
  5. The Des Moines-Register, "Iowa Poll: Iowans widely approve of state's direction, Branstad's performance," December 16, 2013
  6. Desmoines Register, "AFSCME endorses Olson," October 30, 2013
  7. The DesMoines Register, "Tyler Olson claims first union endorsement of Democratic race for governor," September 19, 2013
  8. Newton Daily News, "Rep. Dan Kelley endorses Tyler Olson for governor," October 15, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Des Moines-Register, "Candidate for governor Tyler Olson is getting a divorce," December 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Desmoines-Register, "Olson divorce announcement halts campaign momentum," December 2, 2013
  11. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 7, 2014
  12. Iowa Department of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 15, 2012
  13. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  14. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  15. Follow The Money, "Funds raised by 2008 Iowa House candidates," accessed April 7, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Olson, Tyler," accessed September 20, 2013
  17. Follow The Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed April 7, 2014
  18. Follow The Money, "2008 Campaign Contributions," accessed April 8, 2014
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 8, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ruth Ann Gaines (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 65
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
-
Iowa House of Representatives District 38
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Kevin Koester (R)