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Matt McCoy
Iowa State Senate District 21
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 18
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sBriar Cliff College, 1988
Date of birthMarch 29, 1966
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
Office website
Campaign website
Matt McCoy (b. March 29, 1966) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1992 to 1996.

McCoy serves as Assistant Majority Leader.

McCoy is a potential candidate for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District in 2016.[1]


McCoy earned his B.A. from Briar Cliff College in 1988. His professional experience includes working as Vice President of Community Development for Downtown Development Corporation.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce, Vice-chair
State Government
Ways and Means


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


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


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



See also: Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election, 2016

McCoy is a potential candidate for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District in 2016.[1]


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 Matt McCoy was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

McCoy won re-election to the 31st District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Republican candidate Dave Leach. McCoy defeated Leach by a margin of 13,385 to 7,064.

McCoy had no opposition in the Democratic primary election on June 8th.[6]

Iowa State Senate, District 31 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matt McCoy (D) 13,385 65.5%
Dave Leach (R) 7,064 34.5%


On November 7, 2006, McCoy was re-elected to the 31st District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Nicholas G. van Patten.[7] McCoy raised $263,357 for his campaign, while van Patten raised $66,143.[8]

Iowa State Senate, District 31 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt McCoy (D) 13,276
Nicholas G. van Patten (R) 6,941

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which McCoy was up for re-election, he collected $96,615 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Iowa State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt McCoy's campaign in 2010
Master Builders Of Iowa$6,500
Iowa Dental Association$6,050
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$4,000
Iowa Association Of Realtors$3,500
Total Raised in 2010 $96,615


In 2006 McCoy collected $263,357 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $43,019
Eychaner, Fred $30,000
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund $8,100
William A. Krause Revocable Trust $7,250


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[11]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.


McCoy has one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Black (D)
Iowa State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa State Senate District 31
Succeeded by
William Dotzler (D)