John Beard

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John Beard
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Candidate for
Iowa State Senate District 28
Prior offices
Iowa State House District 16
Campaign website
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John Beard (b. November 4, 1951) was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 28 of the Iowa State Senate.

Beard was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 16th District from 2008 to 2010.

Beard is a businessman and farmer.

He serves as Director of the Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, on Board Member with the Winneshiek County Conservation Board.[1]


Campaign themes

Beard's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Voter Owned Clean Elections

  • Excerpt:"Government will never be the solution to all our problems, but tackling the problems of our complex, modern society can only be done within the framework of government.

We must first make government accountable to the people instead of special interests." Education

  • Excerpt:"The seeds of our future are our children, and their future is dependant on a sound education."


  • Excerpt:"We must maintain the promise of upward mobility by keeping the rungs of the ladder in reach for those willing to work hard and study hard."


  • Excerpt:"Unregulated development hurts the orderly growth of cities and towns strains our infrastructure and often causes traffic and safety issues."

Keep the Wealth

  • Excerpt:"I care deeply about the future of farming and farmers and I believe we must develop production models that will attract young farmers."

Committee assignments

Beard served on the following committees from 2009-2010:



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Beard ran in the 2012 election for Iowa State Senate District 28. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and was defeated by Michael Breitbach in the general election on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

Iowa State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Breitbach 50.1% 14,867
     Democratic John Beard 49.9% 14,833
Total Votes 29,700


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Beard lost his bid for re-election to the 16th District Seat in 2010 to Bob Hager (R). Beard was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 16 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Hager (R) 5,608
John Beard (D) 5,349


On November 4, 2008, Beard was elected to the 16th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Randy Schissel (R). [6] Beard raised $158,907 for his campaign, while Schissel raised $104,910. [7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Beard (D) 8,172
Randy Schissel (R) 6,348

Campaign donors


In 2008 Beard collected $158,907 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $112,869
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association $8,000
Great Plains Laborers District Council $5,000
Rowley, Nicholas $3,000


Beard and his wife RoJene have one child.[2]

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Preceded by
Iowa House of Representatives District 16
Succeeded by
Bob Hager