Kevin Koester

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Kevin Koester
Kevin Koester.jpg
Iowa House of Representatives District 38
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
BirthdayJune 3, 1954
ProfessionDirector of Community Education, Ankeny Community Schools
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Koester (b. June 3, 1954) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Koester's professional experience includes working as Director of Community Education for Ankeny Community Schools.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Government Oversight, Chair
Human Resources
State Government


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Koester served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Koester's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt: " Kevin will stand up to the liberal special interests across Iowa, who seek more and more of our money. Kevin is a leader who will listen. He is not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary to let us keep more of what we earn."

Economic Development/Growth

  • Excerpt: "Kevin recognizes that small business and its hard-working employees represent the backbone of Iowa's economy. Kevin will be a tireless advocate to reduce state tax and regulatory burdens. He will encourage more job creation and business investment opportunities for a stronger Iowa economy and the continued success of Ankeny's managed growth."


  • Excerpt: "Kevin's three decades of experience as director of community education for the Ankeny Community Schools speak volumes about community involvement. Kevin believes strong schools make for strong communities. He also believes parents should be empowered to make decisions in regard to their children's education."


  • Excerpt: "Kevin has a strong conviction about moral and fiscal issues. He demonstrates this through his commitment to family, church and our Ankeny Community. He and Linda have together raised their three children here in Ankeny. Kevin serves as an elder, participated in overseas missions, and served the community, state and nation in numerous volunteer roles."



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Incumbent Kevin Koester was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Christine Sherrod (D) in the general election. Sherrod filed to run on June 30, 2014.[2][3][4] Incumbent Koester defeated challenger Sherrod in the general election.[5]


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Koester ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 38. Koester defeated Brett H. Nelson in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated John Phoenix (D) and petition candidate Brett Nelson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 38, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Koester Incumbent 52.4% 8,331
     Democratic John Phoenix 43.2% 6,868
     Republican Brett Nelson 4.3% 686
Total Votes 15,885
Iowa House of Representatives, District 38 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Koester Incumbent 85.1% 456
Brett H. Nelson 14.9% 80
Total Votes 536


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Koester won re-election to the 70th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 70
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Koester (R) 12,655


On November 4, 2008, Koester was elected to the 70th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Matt Pfaltzgraf (D).[9] Koester raised $70,455 for his campaign, while Pfaltzgraf raised $33,209.[10]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 70
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Koester (R) 12,043
Matt Pfaltzgraf (D) 10,355

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010 Koester collected $15,847 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[11]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kevin Koester's campaign in 2010
Iowa Credit Union League$2,000
John Deere & Co$1,000
Iowa Hospital Association$500
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$500
Koch Industries$500
Total Raised in 2010 $15,847


In 2008 Koester collected $70,455 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $40,117
Iowa Credit Union League $5,000
Boesen, Edward $2,200
Iowans for Tax Relief $2,000


Koester is a member of the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Free Church, Ankeny School District Foundation Board, Ankeny Substance Abuse Project Board, Iowa Dollars for Scholars Board, United Way, and the Young Men's Christian Association Board. He is also President of the National Association of Community Education and State Association of Community Education.[13]


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tyler Olson (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 38
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa House of Representatives District 70
Succeeded by
Todd Taylor (D)