Ralph Watts

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Ralph Watts
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Iowa House of Representatives District 19
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wyoming, 1966
Personal
BirthdayJuly 26, 1944
Place of birthLovell, WY
ProfessionVice President/Manager, MidAmerican Energy
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Ralph Watts (b. July 26, 1944) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Watts's professional experience includes working as a consultant, electrical engineer, and utility manager.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Commerce
Labor
State Government

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Watts ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 19. Watts ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Kenneth P. Herring in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Watts Incumbent 58.6% 9,908
     Democratic Ken Herring 41.4% 7,009
Total Votes 16,917

2010

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.[3]

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

2008

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

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watts is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Watts raised a total of $233,409 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[6]

Ralph Watts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 19 Won $31,243
2010 Iowa State House, District 47 Won $30,306
2008 Iowa State House, District 47 Won $25,293
2006 Iowa State House, District 47 Won $82,746
2004 Iowa State House, District 47 Won $35,873
2002 Iowa State House, District 47 Won $27,948
Grand Total Raised $233,409

2012

Watts won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Watts raised a total of $31,243.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Watts's campaign in 2012
Iowa Republican Party$423
Midamerican Energy$1,514
Dallas County Republican Central Cmte$1,500
Iowa Health Care Association$1,000
Iowa Bankers Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$31,243
Source:Follow the Money

2010

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

2008

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

Personal

Watts 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.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Kressig (D)
Iowa House of Representatives District 19
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Iowa House of Representatives District 47
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Chip Baltimore (R)