Dan Muhlbauer

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Dan Muhlbauer
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Iowa House of Representatives District 12
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member/Chairman/Vice Chair, Crawford County Supervisor,
Associate'sEllsworth Community College
ReligionUnited Methodist
Dan Muhlbauer is a former Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 12 from 2011 to 2015. He previously served in the Iowa House from 1983 to 1993 and was a Crawford County Supervisor from 2004 to 2009.


Muhlbauer's professional experience includes owning and operating a family farm.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Administration and Rules
Public Safety
Veterans Affairs
Ways and Means


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



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives 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 Dan Muhlbauer was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Brian Best was unopposed in the Republican primary. Muhlbauer faced Best in the general election.[1][2][3] Challenger Best defeated incumbent Muhlbauer in the general election.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives District 12, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Best 54.6% 6,445
     Democratic Dan Muhlbauer Incumbent 45.4% 5,349
Total Votes 11,794


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Muhlbauer ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 12. Muhlbauer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Barney Bornhoft in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Muhlbauer Incumbent 61.1% 9,189
     Republican Barney Bornhoft 38.9% 5,861
Total Votes 15,050


Muhlbauer won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Daniel D. Dirkx (R) in the November 2 general election.[7]

Muhlbauer was nominated for the 51st House district seat July 19th in a special convention. The convention was called because Democrat Larry Lesle dropped out of the race before the primary.[8]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 51 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Muhlbauer (D) 6,410
Daniel D. Dirkx (R) 4,510

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Muhlbauer is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Muhlbauer raised a total of $142,029 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[9]

Dan Muhlbauer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 12 Won $61,573
2010 Iowa State House, District 51 Won $80,456
Grand Total Raised $142,029


Muhlbauer won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Muhlbauer raised a total of $61,573.


In 2010, Muhlbauer raised $80,456 in contributions.[10]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $59,645
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa $1,500
Partridge, D G $1,250


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

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Muhlbauer and his wife, Patti, have three children. He has served on the boards of a number of community organizations, including the Crawford Co. Development Corporation, Youth Emergency Services in Cherokee, Iowa and West Central Community Action in the town of Harlan.


Gun control

Muhlbauer drew criticism in 2012 for comments he made about a gun ban. Muhlbauer said he supported a ban on semi-automatic weapons, suggesting that a retroactive ban where currently-held guns are seized was possible. Templeton Mayor Ken Behrens (R) said such a proposal showed that Muhlbauer was out of touch with Carroll County, which he represents.[12] Muhlbauer later clarified his comments, saying "Let me be clear, I don't want anyone who legally has a gun to have it taken away. As a gun owner and hunter myself, I respect the Second Amendment and the rights of other gun owners."[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Upmeyer (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 12
Succeeded by
Brian Best (R)
Preceded by
Rod Roberts
Iowa House District 51
Succeeded by
Josh Byrnes (R)