Amanda Ragan

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Amanda Ragan
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Iowa State Senate District 27
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 12
Assistant Majority Leader, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBuena Vista University
Date of birthSeptember 20, 1954
Place of birthMason City, IA
ProfessionExecutive Director, Community Kitchen of Northern Iowa
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Amanda Ragan (b. September 20, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 27. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Ragan serves as Assistant Majority Leader.


Ragan earned her B.S. from Buena Vista University. Her professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen of Northern Iowa, a farmer and a human resources director.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ragan served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Vice-chair
Human Resources, Vice-chair
Natural Resources & Environment
Rules and Administration
Veterans Affairs


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


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


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate 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 Amanda Ragan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Shawn Dietz defeated Timothy Junker in the Republican primary. Ragan faced Dietz in the general election.[1][2] Incumbent Ragan defeated Dietz in the general election.[3]

Iowa State Senate, District 27 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Ragan Incumbent 56.3% 12,898
     Republican Shawn Dietz 43.7% 10,012
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 17
Total Votes 22,927
Iowa State Senate, District 27 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShawn Dietz 61.5% 1,938
Timothy Junker 38.5% 1,212
Total Votes 3,150


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Ragan won re-election to the 7th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate. Ragan defeated Republican candidate James Mills by a margin of 12,908 to 8,452.[4]

Ragan was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on June 8th.[5]

Iowa State Senate, District 7 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Amanda Ragan (D) 12,908 60.4%
James Mills (R) 8,452 39.6%


On November 7, 2006, Ragan was re-elected to the 7th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Kenneth D. Young (R).[6] Ragan raised $156,210 for her campaign, while Young raised $35,604.[7]

Iowa State Senate, District 7 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Ragan (D) 15,138
Kenneth D. Young (R) 5,847

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Ragan was up for re-election, he collected $120,411 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Iowa State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Amanda Ragan's campaign in 2010
Iowa Democratic Party$27,889
Iowa Association Of Electric Cooperatives$5,500
Iowa Association Of Community Providers$5,000
Iowa Dental Association$3,500
Iowa Hospital Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2010 $120,411


In 2006 Ragan collected $156,210 in donations.[9]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $64,076
Cerro Gordo County Democratic Central Committee $3,750
Iowa Hospital Association $3,500
Iowa Association of Realtors $2,750


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Iowa

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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[10]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.


Ragan and her husband, James, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Anderson (R)
Iowa State Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mike Sexton
Iowa State Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Rick Bertrand (R)