|Iowa House of Representatives District 51|
|January 10, 2011-Present|
|January 11, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Luther College, 1996|
|Master's||Winona State University, 2002|
|Place of birth||Riceville|
Byrnes earned his B.A. in Biology from Luther College and his M.S. in Educational Leadership from Winona State University. His professional experience includes working as the Agricultural and Industrial Division Chair at North Iowa Area Community College and a teacher at middle and high schools.
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:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa|
|• Environmental Protection|
|• Ways and Means, Vice-chair|
Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Laura Hubka was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Josh Byrnes was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hubka faced Byrnes in the general election. Incumbent Byrnes defeated Hubka in the general election to maintain his seat.
|Iowa House of Representatives District 51, General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Josh Byrnes Incumbent||63%||7,268|
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.
|Iowa House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Josh Byrnes Incumbent||64.6%||9,714|
|Iowa House of Representatives, District 14 General Election (2010)|
|Josh Byrnes (R)||6,696|
|Kurt Meyer (D)||4,281|
Comprehensive donor information for Byrnes is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Byrnes raised a total of $219,794 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.
|Josh Byrnes's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Iowa State House, District 51||$60,684|
|2010||Iowa State House, District 14||$159,110|
|Grand Total Raised||$219,794|
2012Byrnes won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Byrnes raised a total of $60,684.
|Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Josh Byrnes's campaign in 2012|
|Associated General Contractors of Iowa||$4,000|
|Iowa Corn Growers Association||$3,000|
|Iowa Republican Party||$2,652|
|Iowa Association of Realtors||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$60,684|
|Source: Follow the Money|
In 2010, Byrnes raised $159,110 in contributions.
His five largest contributors were:
|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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Dan Muhlbauer (D)
|Iowa House District 51
| Succeeded by|
|Iowa House of Representatives District 14
| Succeeded by|
David Dawson (D)
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