Elesha Gayman

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Elesha Gayman
Elesha L. Gayman.jpg
Iowa House of Representatives District 84
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Professor/Consultant
Elesha Gayman was a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 84th District from 2007 to 2011. She was an Assistant Majority Leader during her tenure in the House.

Gayman served as Regional Political Director of the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign from 2007-2008. She is a College Professor, grant writer, and political consultant.

She is a member of the American Association of University Women, American Red Cross, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service Board, and Safer Foundation Board.[1]

Committee assignments



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gayman did not run for re-election in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Gayman was re-elected to the 84th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Ross C. Paustian (R) [2] Gayman raised $489,993 for her campaign, while Paustian raised $197,257. [3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 84
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElesha Gayman (D) 8,397
Ross C. Paustian (R) 7,593

Campaign donors


In 2008 Gayman collected $489,993 in donations.[4]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $347,100
United Food & Commercial Workers International Union $13,000
Laborers Local 309 $7,500
Iowa Federation of Labor $6,500

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Political offices
Preceded by
Iowa House of Representatives District 84
Succeeded by
Ross C. Paustian