Jeff Danielson

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Jeff Danielson
Iowa State Senate District 30
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 10
President Pro Tempore, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesHawkeye Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
Master'sUniversity of Northern Iowa, 2004
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1988-1994
Date of birthAugust 6, 1970
Place of birthWaterloo, IA
Office website
Personal website
Jeff Danielson (b. August 6, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 30 since 2013. . He previously represented District 10 from 2005 to 2013, and served as Senate President Pro Tempore from 2006 to 2012.

Danelson earned his AA from Hawkeye Community College. He went on to receive his BA in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. He later earned his MPP from the University of Northern Iowa in 2004.

Danielson was Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1994. He is currently a Firefighter for Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is also Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations, Vice-chair
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
State Government, Chair
Veterans Affairs, Vice-chair


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


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



See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

Danielson is considered a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa in 2014.[1]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Danielson ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, he ran in district 30. Danielson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Matt Reisetter in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Iowa State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Danielson Incumbent 51% 16,946
     Republican Matt Reisetter 49% 16,265
Total Votes 33,211


On November 4, 2008, Danielson was re-elected to the 10th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Walt Rogers (R). A districtwide recount was conducted after one of the closest races in Black Hawk County history. On November 26, 2008, Rogers conceded the race.[4][5]

Danielson raised $270,574 for his campaign, while Rogers raised $78,184. [6]

Iowa State Senate, District 10, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Danielson Incumbent 50% 16,103
     Republican Walt Rogers 50% 16,081
Total Votes 32,184

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008 Danielson collected $270,574 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $98,843
International Association of Fire Fighters $20,000
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 $10,000
All Children Matter $8,171


Danielson and his wife, Kim, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Ward (R)
Iowa State Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Merlin Bartz
Iowa State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
Jake Chapman (R)