David Johnson (Iowa Senate)

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David Johnson
Iowa State Senate District 1
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 12
Assistant Minority 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
Prior offices
Iowa House of Representatives
Bachelor'sBeloit College, 1973
Place of birthWest Branch, IA
ProfessionDairy Farmer
Office website
David Johnson is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002.

Johnson served as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader from 2013 to 2014.


Johnson earned his B.A. in History from Beloit College in 1973. His professional experience includes working as newspaper publisher/editor and a dairy farmer.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Human Resources
Natural Resources & Environment
State Government


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


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Johnson 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 David Johnson was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3][4]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Johnson won re-election to the 3rd District Seat in the Iowa State Senate on November 2. He had no opposition, and received 17,770 votes.

Johnson had no opposition in the June 8th Republican primary election.[5]

Iowa State Senate, District 3 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Johnson (R) 17,770 100%


On November 7, 2006, Johnson was re-elected to the 3rd District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Mel Berryhill (D).[6] Johnson raised $61,659 for his campaign, while Berryhill raised $39,286.[7]

Iowa State Senate, District 3 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Johnson (R) 12,328
Mel Berryhill (D) 11,162

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Johnson was up for re-election, he collected $83,582 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006 Johnson collected $37,335 in donations.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Dental Association $3,500
Iowa Pork Producers Association $1,000
Iowa Healthcare Association $1,000
Monsanto $1,000


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Bertrand (R)
Iowa State Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kenneth Veenstra
Iowa State Senate District 3
Succeeded by
Bill Anderson (R)