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Staci Appel
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
U.S. House, Iowa, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State Senate District 37
Staci Appel is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. She is running in the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa.[1]

She was a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 37. Appel was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2007, and served until 2010. She also served as an Assistant Majority Leader. Her husband, Brent Appel, sits on the Iowa Supreme Court.

Appel has worked as a Financial Consultant for both USB Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch.

Committee assignments



See also: Iowa's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Appel is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa. She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1]

Initially, Appel announced she would run, then cited family obligations that prevented her from running before ultimately deciding to run for the seat.[2][1]

Jumpstart program

Appel is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to Democratic challengers it considers top-tier.[3]


Appel's campaign announcement on July 9, 2013, "Meet Staci Appel"

Appel announced her campaign on July 9, 2013, with a video, "Meet Staci Appel."[2]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Appel lost to Republican candidate Kent Sorenson by a margin of 16,748 to 11,646 in the November 2 general election.[4]

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


On November 7, 2006, Appel was elected to the 37th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Julian B. Garrett (R).[6] Appel raised $318,986 for her campaign, while Garrett raised $83,704.[7]

Iowa State Senate, District 37 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStaci Appel (D) 12,827
Julian B. Garrett (R) 12,055

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Appel's reports.[8]

Staci Appel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[9]October 14, 2013$0.00$238,878.28$(39,215.24)$199,663.04
Year End[10]January 31, 2014$199,663$260,703$(90,876)$369,490
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$369,490$263,591$(162,665)$470,416
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$466,564$316,834$(61,195)$725,613
Running totals


In 2006 Appel collected $318,986 in donations.[12]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Senate Majority Fund $112,543
Newlin, Doris Jean $15,450
Iowa Democratic Party $11,234
Iowa Senate Majority Fund $10,553


Appel and her husband have six children. Her husband, Brent Appel, sits on the Iowa Supreme Court.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Shull
Iowa Senate District 37
Succeeded by
Kent Sorenson