|Governor of Iowa|
|Governor of Iowa|
|Iowa Secretary of State|
|Bachelor's||State University-Blacksburg, Virginia|
|Date of birth||January 25, 1966|
|Place of birth||Washington, D.C.|
|Profession||Former teacher/former lobbyist|
Culver is the son of former U.S. Senator John Culver, who represented Iowa from 1975-1981 in the Senate. He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in suburban Maryland, graduating in 1984. After graduation, Culver attended college at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia on a football scholarship, where he earned a B.A. in political science. Culver then worked as a lobbyist for two years in 1989 and 1990. The clients of the lobbying firm which employed Culver during this time included the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Iowa Beef Processors, and Des Moines University.
Culver earned a master's degree in education from Drake University. Culver taught high school in Des Moines, Iowa prior to election as Secretary of State in 1998.
- Bachelor's degree in political science, State University in Blacksburg
- Master's degree in education, Drake University
Governor of Iowa (2007-2011)
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Culver is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Culver received a score of 52 percent on social issues and 37 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Unknown||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014
Culver considered a comeback bid for Governor of Iowa in 2014. First elected to the post in 2006, Culver served one term before being ousted by Terry E. Branstad (R) in the 2010 election. Culver explored the possibility of a rematch with Branstad, who sought re-election in 2014, but ultimately decided against entering the race during the 2014 electoral cycle.
- See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2010
Culver sought re-election in 2010 but lost to Republican Terry E. Branstad.
Culver's main opponents for the Democratic nomination were former director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development Mike Blouin and seven term State Representative Ed Fallon. Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge was also running for the nomination, but after she withdrew from the race, she gave her support to Culver and became his running mate. Culver won the Democratic primary with 39% of the vote.
Culver faced Republican Congressman Jim Nussle of Manchester, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, in the general election. On November 7, 2006, Culver defeated Nussle in the general election with 54% of the vote while Nussle won 44%, and minor party candidates won 2%. Culver received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. Nussle proposed a complete ban on abortion without any exceptions.
2009 budget plan
Culver cut state agencies by $520 million and cut his own pay by 10%. Cuts included 180 layoffs and furloughs for over 3,200 state workers.
He currently resides in West Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Mariclare Thinnes Culver and their two children, Clare Honour and John William. He attends Central Presbyterian church in West Des Moines, where he serves as a church elder.
- Governor of Iowa
- Iowa Secretary of State
- Terry E. Branstad
- Iowa gubernatorial election, 2010
- Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014
- Chut Culver for Governor 2010 campaign website
- Follow the Money - Chet Culver & Patty Judge 2006 campaign contributions
- On the Issues - Chet Culver issue positions and quotes
- Chet Culver on Facebook
- Chet Culver on Twitter
- Chet Culver on YouTube
- Sioux City Journal, "Candidate profile: Chet Culver," November 3, 2006
- On The Issues, "Chet Culver Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- WHOTV Des Moines, "CULVER PLANS: Former Governor Considers Future," December 2, 2012
- The DesMoines Register, "Democrat Chet Culver: I won’t run for public office in 2014," February 12, 2014
- Beaumont, Thomas. "Culver, Blouin battle for labor backing", Des Moines Register, 2/28/2006. (Retrieved 2/28/2006)
- Governor Lays Out Budget Cuts; His Salary Safe, Nebraska Watchdog, November 2, 2009
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