John Archer (Iowa 2)

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John Archer
John Archer.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Iowa, District 2
Bachelor'sIllinois Wesleyan Univeristy
Master'sUniversity of Iowa
J.D.Southern Illinois University School of Law
Date of birthSpringfield, Illinois
ProfessionSenior Legal Counsel at Deere & Company
Campaign website
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John Archer was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Iowa. Archer defeated Dan Dolan in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, but lost the general election to incumbent Dave Loebsack.[1] [2]


Archer was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois.


  • Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy, B.A in Political Science and Business Administration, cum laude
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, cum laude
  • University of Iowa, MBA from the Tippie School of Management


  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Benjamin K. Miller, Supreme Court, Illinois[3]
  • Senior Counsel at Deere & Company[3]
  • Part owner of The Schebler Company, a Bettendorf, Iowa based manufacturer[3]

Archer's prior office positions include:

  • 2009-Present: Pleasant Valley Community School Board of Education[3]
  • 2010-Present: Bettendorf Family Museum Board of Trustees[3]
  • 2010-Present: Iowa Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Board [3]
  • 2010-Present: Bettendorf Rotary [3]



See also: Iowa's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Archer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Iowa's 2nd District. Archer won the nomination on the Republican ticket. [4] Joe Seng was defeated by incumbent Dave Loebsack in the Democratic primary.[2] Archer defeated Dan Dolan in the Republican primary.[2] Archer lost to Loebsack in the general election held on November 6, 2012. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of March 16, 2012. The primary elections took place on June 5, 2012.[5]

U.S. House, Iowa District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Loebsack Incumbent 55.6% 211,863
     Republican John Archer 42.5% 161,977
     Independent Alan Aversa 1.9% 7,112
Total Votes 380,952
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, Iowa, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Archer 60.6% 16,604
Dan Dolan 39.4% 10,775
Total Votes 27,379


Archer's policy positions were outlined in full detail at his campaign website.[6]

  • Job creation- "I will focus on creating more employment and lower costs by a combination of a better tax system and a reduction of debt from a smaller, more efficient government."[7]
  • Pro-Business Government- "I will work to reduce job-killing taxes, eliminate burdensome laws, repeal Obama's healthcare and focus training those who need it so that they may find the millions of jobs now available for skilled workers."[8]


The following is a TV ad launched by John Archer on Sept. 17, 2012. It is titled "The Next Generation" and briefly outlines his policy positions.

John Archer, "The Next Generation"[9]


Dave Loebsack vs. John Archer
Poll Dave Loebsack John ArcherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Desmoines Register (June 25 to 27, 2012)
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Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Archer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Archer lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Archer's campaign committee raised a total of $967,708 and spent $967,708.[10]


Archer resides in Bettendorf, Iowa with his wife Andrea and their two children, Henry (6) and Beatrice (2).[3]

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