Herman Quirmbach

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Herman Quirmbach
Iowa State Senate District 23
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 12
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
Ames City Council
Bachelor'sHarvard University, 1972
Master'sPrinceton University, 1980
Ph.D.Princeton University, 1983
Date of birthOctober 6, 1950
Place of birthSaint Paul, MN
ProfessionAssociate Professor
Office website
Personal website
Herman Quirmbach (b. October 6, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He served on the Ames City Council from 1995 to 2003.


Quirmbach earned his B.A. from Harvard University in 1972 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1980 and 1983, respectively. His professional experience includes working as an Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Chair
Local Government
Ways and Means


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


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Quirmbach 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 Herman C. Quirmbach defeated Cynthia Oppedal Paschen in the Democratic primary, while Jeremy Davis was unopposed in the Republican primary. Quirmbach faced Davis in the general election.[1][2] Incumbent Quirmbach defeated challenger Davis in the general election.[3]

Iowa State Senate, District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHerman Quirmbach Incumbent 59% 11,713
     Republican Jeremy Davis 40.8% 8,094
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 19,845
Iowa State Senate, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHerman Quirmbach Incumbent 72.7% 1,593
Cynthia Oppedal Paschen 27.3% 598
Total Votes 2,191


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Quirmbach defeated Republican candidate Timothy Gartin by a margin of 11,767 to 10,488 in the November 2 general election.[4]

In the June 8 primary election, Quirmbach ran unopposed.[5]

Iowa State Senate, District 23 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Herman Quirmbach (D) 11,767 52.9%
Timothy Gartin (R) 10,488 47.1%


On November 7, 2006, Quirmbach was re-elected to the 23rd District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Linda Livingston (R).[6] Quirmbach raised $129,558 for his campaign, while Livingston raised $152,722.[7]

Iowa State Senate, District 23 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHerman Quirmbach (D) 11,782
Linda Livingston (R) 8,735

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Quirmbach was up for re-election, he collected $83,363 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006 Quirmbach collected $129,458 in donations.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Senate Majority Fund $32,528
Iowa Democratic Party $22,953
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $13,800
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $2,500


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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Bolkcom
Iowa State Senate District 23
Succeeded by