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Brad Zaun
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Iowa, District 3
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Iowa State Senate District 20
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 10
Assistant Minority Leader, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Urbandale City Council
Bachelor'sGrandview College
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Personal website
Brad Zaun is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He served on the Urbandale City Council from 1996 to 1998 and as Mayor of Urbandale from 1998 to 2004.

He was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa.[1][2] Zaun was defeated by David Young for the nomination in the Republican convention on June 21, 2014.[3]


Zaun earned his B.S. from Grandview College. His professional experience includes owning Zaun's Trustworthy Hardware and working as Vice President of R and R Realty Marketing Group.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government


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


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Brad Zaun endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2012 presidential election. [4]



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

Zaun ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Iowa's 3rd District.[1] Zaun was defeated by David Young for the nomination in the Republican convention on June 21, 2014.[3]

The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold in the primary election required to make the general election ballot.[5]

Zaun was the first-place vote-getter in the primary in the six-way battle, but did not win a big enough percentage to be declared the victor. At a later special convention, Zaun led in the first four ballots. After a series of events that hinged on personalities and inter-party rivalries, the fifth place finisher, David Young, ended up being the nominee.[6]

Zaun, who reportedly was weighing a potential run as an Independent candidate, announced on July 10, 2014, that he would not run.[7]

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Brad Zaun 24.8% 10,522
Robert Cramer 21.3% 9,032
Matt Schultz 19.9% 8,464
Monte Shaw 17% 7,220
David Young 15.5% 6,604
Joe Grandanette 1.6% 661
Total Votes 42,503
Source: Iowa Secretary of State


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Zaun ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, he ran in District 20. Zaun ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. No candidates filed to run in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]


On November 4, 2008, Zaun was re-elected to the 32nd District Seat in the Iowa State Senate with no opposition.[10] He raised $47,669 for his campaign.[11]

Iowa State Senate, District 32 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Zaun (R) 23,190

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zaun is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Zaun raised a total of $427,014 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[12]

Brad Zaun's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 20 Won $58,048
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 32 Not up for election $16,577
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 32 Won $47,669
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 32 Not up for election $41,342
2004 Iowa State Senate, District 32 Won $263,378
Grand Total Raised $427,014


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Zaun's reports.[13]

Brad Zaun (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Year End[17]January 31, 2014$0$0$(0)$0
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$0$0$(0)$0
Running totals


Zaun won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Zaun raised a total of $58,048.


In 2008 Zaun collected $47,669 in donations.[19]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
1st Gateway Credit Union $3,000
Koch Industries $2,000
John Deere & Co. $2,000
Master Builders of Iowa $1,500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Iowa

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Iowa scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[20]

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.


Zaun and his wife, Dede, have five children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Des Moines Register, "State Sen. Brad Zaun: I’ll definitely enter 3rd Congressional District race soon," accessed January 22, 2014
  2. Des Moines Register, "Zaun 'smarter this time' in run for Congress," accessed January 29, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Iowa Republican, "Shocker: David Young wins GOP Nomination on Fifth Ballot (VIDEO ADDED)," accessed June 23, 2014
  4. Iowa Independent, "Sorenson, Zaun make Bachmann support official," August 14, 2011
  5. Quad City Times, "Iowa 3rd District GOP race will go to convention," accessed June 3, 2014
  6. Des Moines Reigster, "Republican some say was 'robbed' in election weighs abandoning GOP," accessed July 9, 2014
  7. Des Moines Register, "Brad Zaun staying with GOP despite frustrations," accessed July 14, 2014
  8. Iowa Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 7, 2014
  9. Iowa Department of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed April 17, 2012
  10. Iowa Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed April 7, 2014
  11. Follow The Money, "Money Raised by Iowa Candidates in 2008," accessed April 7, 2014
  12., "Zaun, Brad," accessed September 19, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Zaun's 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 13, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed May 13, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  19. Follow The Money, "2008 Campaign Contributions," accessed April 8, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 2, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Kapucian (R)
Iowa State Senate District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Larry McKibben
Iowa State Senate District 32
Succeeded by
Brian Schoenjahn (D)