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Iowa Commissioner of Labor
Former member
In office
Place of birthLa Porte City, Iowa
Dave Neil was the Commissioner of Labor in Iowa. He was replaced by Michael Mauro on May 1, 2011. He was previously a

statewide United Auto Workers leader.[1]

Political Career

Iowa Commissioner of Labor (2005-2011)

Iowa Workforce Development director (2006-2007)

During his time as commissioner, Neil accomplished many things, including the following:

  • Clean up of a pay scandal at a state-funded central Iowa job training office.
  • Investigated Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville for alleged child labor violations.
  • Battled Henry's Turkey Service over wage and hour violations involving developmentally disabled workers at its West Liberty plant.
  • Secured adequate funding for the Iowa occupational safety and health program.
  • Beefed up the Iowa OSHA office's consultation division, educating businesses to improve worker safety.[1]

State Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo said "I'd say Dave Neil is one of the most effective labor commissioners this state's ever seen." He has been a friend of Neil's for many years and was a fellow UAW member and John Deere co-worker.[1]


Iowa Commissioner of Labor (2005-2011)

Neil was the acting Iowa Workforce Development director from 2006-2007.[1]

After announcing his retirement, Neil said, "I feel my time was well spent. I sure didn't make everybody happy. But in today's world, that's impossible. You move ahead with the information you have at the time."[1]


Neil enjoys fishing, golfing and traveling.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Commissioner of Labor
Succeeded by
Michael Mauro