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Donovan Olson

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Donovan Olson
Donovan Olson.jpg
Candidate for
Iowa House of Representatives District 47
Prior offices
Iowa House of Representatives District 48
Campaign website
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Donovan Olson (b. June 12, 1965) is a former Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 48th District from 2003 to 2011.

Olson received his MCRP and B.A. from Iowa State University.[1]

Committee assignments

Olson served on the following committees when he was in the House:


Campaign themes

Olson's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt:"Donovan believes that our children deserve a quality education. He believes that by providing quality pre-school, full-funding K-12 education, and providing adequate funding to our community colleges and universities, we will continue to be a leader in providing a world-class education."


  • Excerpt:"[H]e supports initiatives to improve healthcare for children, families and seniors in our community."

Quality of life

  • Excerpt:"Donovan will fight to maintain funding for our critical resources to assure we continue to be a leader in providing quality of life to our residents."

Stimulate Economic Growth & Job Creation

  • Excerpt:"His plan focuses on creating high-wage, high-tech jobs with benefits in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and information solutions."

Provide a World-Class Education for our Youth

  • Excerpt:"By investing in education, we will increase opportunities for our youth, attract young families live in this state, and prepare children for life & good jobs in Iowa."



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olson ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 47. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and was defeated by District 48 incumbent Chip Baltimore in the general election on November 6, 2012. The battle was a rematch from 2010.[3][4]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChip Baltimore Incumbent 52.4% 8,133
     Democratic Donovan Olson 47.6% 7,377
Total Votes 15,510


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson lost his bid for re-election to the 48th District seat against Chip Baltimore (R). Olson had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 48 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChip Baltimore (R) 5,384
Donovan Olson (D) 5,361


On November 4, 2008, Olson was re-elected to the 48th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives with no opposition.[6] He raised $25,470 for his campaign.[7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 48
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonovan Olson (D) 10,248

Campaign donors


In 2008 Olson collected $25,470 in donations.[8]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Bankers Association $2,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $1,750
Iowa Association of Realtors $1,000
Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association $1,000


Donovan and his wife Sue have two children.[2]

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Preceded by
Iowa House of Representatives District 48
Succeeded by
Chip Baltimore