Joe Riding

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Joe Riding
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Iowa House of Representatives District 30
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSoutheast Polk High School
Bachelor'sUpper Iowa University
ProfessionGolf Course Manager
Campaign website
Joe Riding is a former Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 30 from 2013 to 2015.


Riding earned his B.S. from Upper Iowa University. His professional experience includes managing his family's golf course.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


Riding's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

I will continue to propose and support public policies that:
  • Require fiscal responsibility within state government
  • Require accountability within state government
  • Tax policies that benefit the middle class and business
  • Lead Iowa back to being #1 in education
  • Programs such as REAP that benefit and enhance the quality of life in Iowa[3]



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives 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 Joe Riding was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Zach Nunn was unopposed in the Republican primary. Riding faced Nunn in the general election.[4][5][6] Nunn defeated the incumbent, Riding, in the general election.[7]

Iowa House of Representatives District 30, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngZach Nunn 56.1% 7,323
     Democratic Joe Riding Incumbent 43.9% 5,733
Total Votes 13,056


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Riding ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 30. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. Incumbent David Jacoby ran in district 74 due to redistricting. Riding defeated Jim Carley (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Riding 52.1% 8,764
     Republican Jim Carley 47.9% 8,044
Total Votes 16,808


Riding and his wife, Leann, have two children.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
David Jacoby (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 30
Succeeded by
Zach Nunn (R)