Josh Byrnes

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Josh Byrnes
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Iowa House of Representatives District 51
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLuther College, 1996
Master'sWinona State University, 2002
Place of birthRiceville
Office website
Josh Byrnes is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 51 since 2013. He previously represented District 14 from 2011 to 2013.

Byrnes is the Agricultural and Industrial Division Chair at North Iowa Area Community College. He previously taught high school and middle school science in the towns of Mason City, Riceville, Osage and Denison, IA. Byrnes is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Policy Studies from Iowa State University; he holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Winona State University and a B.A. in Biology from Luther College.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Natural Resources
Transportation, Chair
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Byrnes served on the following committees:


Presidential preference


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

Josh Byrnes endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Byrnes ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 51. Byrnes ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Eric S. Hungerford (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Byrnes Incumbent 64.6% 9,714
     Democratic Eric Hungerford 35.4% 5,324
Total Votes 15,038


Byrnse won election to the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Kurt Meyer (D) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 14 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Byrnes (R) 6,696
Kurt Meyer (D) 4,281

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Byrnes raised $159,110 in contributions. [5]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $104,992
Iowa Farm Bureau $10,739
Freedom First PAC Iowa $2,000
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa $1,500
John Deere & Co $1,500


Byrnes and his wife, Colleen, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Muhlbauer (D)
Iowa House District 51
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mark Kuhn
Iowa House of Representatives District 14
Succeeded by
David Dawson (D)