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Mark Chelgren

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Mark Chelgren
Mark Chelgren.jpg
Iowa State Senate District 41
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$101.25/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sRiverside Community College
Date of birthJanuary 21, 1968
Place of birthRoss, Ca
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Mark Chelgren (b. January 21, 1968) is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 41 since 2013. He previously represented District 47 from 2011 to 2013.

Chelgren is founder and president of Frog Legs, Inc., which manufactures Chelgren's patented wheelchair suspension system. He also owns Fizzix Manufacturing, an Ottumwa, IA, design and machining firm. Earlier in his career, Chelgren worked as a geologist for GeoSoils Inc.

He studied astro and geophysics at the University of California at Riverside. He and his wife Janet have four children.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Local Government
Veterans Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Chelgren served on these committees:


Presidential preference


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

Mark Chelgren endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Chelgren defeated Democratic incumbent Keith Kreiman by a margin of 9,582 to 9,572 in the November 2 general election. [2]

In the June 8 primary election, Chelgren ran unopposed. [3]

Iowa State Senate, District 47 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Chelgren (R) 9,582 49.3%
Keith Kreiman (D) 9,572 50.7%
Iowa State Senate, District 47 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Chelgren 3,110 100%

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Chelgren states his views on: [4]

  • Constitution - "I will defend our constitution."
  • Businesses - "I will work to create an environment where businesses flourish and our kids can find good jobs after they graduate."
  • Taxes - "I will work to keep regulations and taxes fair and competitive with the states around us.will work to keep regulations and taxes fair and competitive with the states around us."
  • Government responsibility - "I believe government's responsibility is to provide services and not to control our lives. it is time that "we the people" take back our state and limit the influence of big government."

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Chelgren raised $14,716 in contributions. [5]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Chelgren, Mark $8,000
Iowans For Right To Work $1,000

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Chelgren and his wife Janet have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roby Smith (R)
Iowa State Senate District 41
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Keith Kreiman
Iowa State Senate District 47
Succeeded by
Roby Smith (R)