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Thomas Sands
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Iowa House of Representatives District 87
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
High schoolColumbus High School, 1972
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1954
Place of birthMuscatine, IA
ProfessionCommercial Loan Officer and Appraiser
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Thomas Sands (b. September 13, 1954) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 87th District since 2003. He was Finance Chair of the Columbus Junction City Council from 1996-2002.

Sands is a Commercial Loan Officer and Appraiser with Columbus Junction State Bank. He has previously been a Life Insurance Agent with Life Investors Company from 1994-1998, Appraiser with Vanguard Appraisals from 1996-1997, Sales Manager of the Sajak Farm Implement Company from 1990-1993, and Owner/Operator of Grain and Livestock Farm from 1972-1992.

Sands is a Township Trustee in Concord Township, Finance Director of the Louisa County Farm Bureau, Charter Member/First Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, and a member of the United Methodist Church.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sands is running in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 88. Sands ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. Sara Sedlacek 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

Sands won re-election to the 87th 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 87
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sands (R) 7,163


On November 4, 2008, Sands was re-elected to the 87th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Frank Best (D). [5] Sands raised $136,821 for his campaign, while Best raised $263,534. [6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 87
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sands (R) 6,949
Frank Best (D) 6,115

Campaign donors


In 2010 Sands collected $58,509 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[7]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Sands's campaign in 2010
Sands, Thomas R$4,008
Community Bankers Of Iowa$3,000
Union Pacific Railroad$2,750
Iowa Bankers Association$2,750
Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association$1,750
Total Raised in 2010 $58,509


In 2008 Sands collected $136,821 in donations.[8]

His for largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $25,681
Iowa Bankers Association $20,500
Iowans for Tax Relief $15,000
Sands, Thomas R. $4,028

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