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Jack Whitver
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Iowa State Senate District 19
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedJanuary 18, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIowa State University
Master'sIowa State University
ProfessionAssistant Football Coach, Drake University
Office website
Jack Whitver is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber on January 18, 2011.

Whitver earned his B.S. in Exercise Science and his M.B.A. from Iowa State University. His professional experience includes owning Acceleration Iowa.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Human Resources
State Government


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


Presidential preference


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

Jack Whitver endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Campaign themes


Whitver's 2011 special election campaign site emphasizes several key policy positions and campaign themes:

  • Summary: "Jack is a pro-life, pro-family, fiscal conservative. He will fight for traditional marriage and will fight to support the 2nd Amendment. He believes that an attack on the 2nd Amendment is not only an attack on gun rights, but an attack on all of our liberties protected in the Bill of Rights."

Jack Whitver's nomination speech
  • Budget: "Jack believes that spending in America has gotten out of control. It is immoral for government to continue to incur debt and pass it on to our children. Concerned that the spending problems at the national level have trickled down to Iowa, Jack is dedicated to balancing the state budget. As a business owner, Jack believes that a balanced budget means "money in" equals "money out."He will oppose legislation that uses gimmicks or one time "stimulus" dollars to balance the budget."
  • Taxes: "Jack believes that the government is not the answer to our problems. Lower taxes will allow the private sector to stimulate the economy. It is wrong for government to think they are the ones who can stimulate the economy."
  • Agriculture: "Jack understands that agriculture remains the backbone of Iowa's economy and will work to not only promote Iowa's agricultural interests, but protect farmers from overzealous regulation and increased taxation."
  • Education: "As a young father and product of Iowa's public schools, Jack knows that Iowa must prepare its children to compete in a global economy. Jack is dedicated to making sure that Iowa’s schools are the best in the nation, which means a greater focus on student achievement and rewarding quality teachers."

Below is a video of Jack's nomination speech, courtesy of Craig Robinson of The Iowa Republican. [2]



See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Iowa state legislative special elections, 2011

Whitver won the Republican nomination for the special election to fill Noble's vacant Senate seat. Whitver went on to defeat Demcratic candidate John Calhoun (D) in the January 18 special election.[3]


Whitver and his wife, Rachel, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Hogg (D)
Iowa State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Larry Noble (R)
Iowa State Senate District 35
Succeeded by
Wally Horn (D)