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Ralph Watts

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Ralph Watts
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Iowa House of Representatives District 47
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wyoming, 1966
Date of birthJuly 26, 1944
Place of birthLovell, WY
ProfessionVice President/Manager, MidAmerican Energy
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Office website
Personal website
Ralph Watts (b. July 26, 1944) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 47th District since 2003.

Watts has worked as a consultant, electrical engineer, and utility manager.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Iowa State University Industrial Advisory Council Engineer Policy and Leadership Institute, and the National Rifle Association.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Watts has been appointed to the following committees:


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



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Watts is running in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 19. Watts ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Kenneth P. Herring is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Watts won re-election to the 47th District seat against Roger Huston (D). Watts had no opposition in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 47 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Watts (R) 13,663
Roger Huston (D) 6,699


On November 4, 2008, Watts was re-elected to the 47th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Susan Temere (D). [5] Watts raised $25,293 for his campaign, while Temere raised $19,069. [6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 47
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Watts (R) 15,111
Susan Temere 10,256

Campaign donors


In 2010 Watts collected $30,306 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[7]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Watts's campaign in 2010
Dallas County Republican Central Cmte$1,750
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$1,500
Iowa Republican Party$1,120
Iowa Bankers Association$1,000
Free & Strong America PAC Iowa$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $30,306


In 2008 Watts collected $25,293 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $16,850
John Deere & Co. $1,000
MidAmerican Energy $500
Community Bankers of Iowa $500

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