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Ako Abdul-Samad

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Ako Abdul-Samad
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Iowa House of Representatives District 35
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAuthor
ReligionMuslim
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Ako Abdul-Samad is a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 35 and serving as an Assistant Minority Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Abdul-Samad's professional experience includes writing "A Deeper Truth, Revelations of the Soul," and working as Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Creative Visions Human Development Center, Vice President of KUCB Radio, Writer/Co-Producer of Teen Talk, Writer/Producer/Director of Understanding Islam, and a photographer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Abdul-Samad served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Administration and Rules
Education
Human Resources
Public Safety

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Abdul-Samad served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abdul-Samad served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Abdul-Samad ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 35. Abdul-Samad ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Terrance Williams in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad Incumbent 73.4% 7,508
     Republican Terrance Williams 26.6% 2,727
Total Votes 10,235

2010

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Abdul-Samad won re-election to the 66th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. In the June 8th primary election, Abdul-Samad defeated Democratic primary opponent Clair E. Rudison, Jr. by a margin of 912 to 306. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 66
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad (D) 4,646

2008

On November 4, 2008, Abdul-Samad was re-elected to the 66th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Chis Moeller (Green). [4] Abdul-Samad raised $21,695 for his campaign, while Moeller raised $1,501. [5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 66
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad (D) 6,734
Chris Moeller (G) 1,889

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010 Abdul-Samad collected $24,699 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[6]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ako Abdul-Samad's campaign in 2010
Iowa Dental Association$3,000
AFSCME Iowa Council 61$2,092
Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council$1,250
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$1,000
Glaxosmithkline$800
Total Raised in 2010 $24,699

2008

In 2008 Abdul-Samad collected $21,695 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Dental Association $3,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $1,500
Tinker, Phyllis M. $1,500
Great Plains Laborers District Council $1,300

Personal

Abdul-Samad is a member of the Black Panther Party - Des Moines Chapter, Vice President of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development of the International Civil Rights Solidarity Movement, Founder/President of the National African-American Islamic Association, and Co-Founder/Coordinator of the Young Men's Christian Association Downtown Teen Program.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kraig Paulsen (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 35
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Iowa House of Representatives District 66
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Art Staed (D)