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Steven Olson
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Iowa House of Representatives District 97
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker Pro Tempore, Iowa House of Representatives
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchIowa Army National Guard
Years of service1966-1972
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 30, 1947
Place of birthClinton, IA
ProfessionFarmer
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steven Olson (b. January 30, 1947) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 97. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Olson serves as Speaker Pro Tempore.

Biography

Olson's professional experience includes working as a farmer. He served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1966 to 1972.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Administration and Rules
Agriculture
Public Safety
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Steven Olson endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Elections

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olson ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 97. Olson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Olson defeated Ted Whisler (D), who filed after the primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Olson Incumbent 60.6% 10,088
     Democratic Ted Whisler 39.4% 6,572
Total Votes 16,660

2010

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson won re-election to the 83rd District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 83
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Olson (R) 9,224

2008

On November 4, 2008, Olson was re-elected to the 83rd District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Steve Smith (D).[5] Olson raised $66,686 for his campaign, while Smith raised $15,149.[6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 83
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Olson (R) 9,135
Steve Smith (D) 7,078

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $446,466 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[7]

Steven Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 97 Won $123,639
2010 Iowa State House, District 83 Won $71,804
2008 Iowa State House, District 83 Won $66,686
2006 Iowa State House, District 83 Won $75,088
2004 Iowa State House, District 83 Won $46,961
2002 Iowa State House, District 83 Won $62,288
Grand Total Raised $446,466

2012

Olson won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $123,639.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steven Olson's campaign in 2012
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$9,000
Iowa Republican Party$5,608
Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa$3,500
Iowa Association of Business & Industry$3,000
Iowa Bankers Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$123,639
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010 Olson collected $71,804 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[8]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steven Olson's campaign in 2010
Iowa Corn Growers Association$4,100
Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Of Iowa$3,500
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$3,500
Campbell, Dennis R$1,955
Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $71,804

2008

In 2008 Olson collected $66,686 in donations.[9] His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $15,531
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $4,500
Iowans for Tax Relief $3,000
Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa $2,000

Personal

Olson is a member of the American Legion, Central Community Foundation Board, DeWitt Development Board, Iowa Cattleman's Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers and the Lions Club.[10]

Scorecards

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2012

In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[11]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Anderson (R)
Iowa House of Representatives District 97
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Iowa House of Representatives District 83
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Jerry Kearns (D)