John Kibbie

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John Kibbie
Iowa State Senate District 4
Former Member
In office
1964-1968, 1989-2013
President, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1951-1953
Date of birthJuly 14, 1929
Place of birthEmmetsburg, IA
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John Kibbie (b. July 14, 1929) is a former Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 4 from 1964 to 1968 and from 1989 to 2013. He served in the Iowa State House of Representatives from 1960 to 1964. In 1968, he was a member of the National Convention Platform Committee.

Kibbie received his high school diploma in 1947. Kibbie served in the United States Army in Korea from 1951 to 1953. He is currently a farmer and has served as Agricultural Advisor to United States Congressmen.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kibbie served on these committees:



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Kibbie did not seek re-election in 2012. He officially tendered her resignation, effective January 1, 2013, on February 1, 2012. Due to redistricting Kibbie was drawn into the same district as David Johnson (R), who was last elected in 2010 and not up for re-election until 2014. Thus, if Kibbie had not resigned, Johnson would have had to stand for re-election two years before the expiration of his term.[1]


On November 4, 2008, Kibbie was re-elected to the 4th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Ken Vaske (Grassroots for Life).[2] Kibbie raised $204,438 for his campaign, while Vaske raised $2,605.[3]

Iowa State Senate, District 4 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kibbie (D) 18,059
Ken Vaske (Grassroots for Life) 7,258

Campaign donors


In 2008 Kibbie collected $204,438 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa State Education Association $37,750
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $14,108
Iowa Credit Union League $6,000
Electrical Workers Local 347 $5,000

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Kibbie and his wife, Kay, have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Iowa State Senate District 4
Succeeded by
Dennis Guth (R)