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United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2016


United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2016

United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2016

November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)

All 4 Iowa seats to the United States House of Representatives
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 3 1

The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa will be held on November 8, 2016, to elect the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Iowa, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. The elections will coincide with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the House of Representatives, elections to the United States Senate and various state and local elections.


  • District 1 1
    • Democratic primary 1.1
      • Candidates 1.1.1
      • Endorsements 1.1.2
  • District 2 2
  • District 3 3
    • Republican primary 3.1
      • Candidates 3.1.1
    • Democratic primary 3.2
      • Candidates 3.2.1
  • District 4 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

District 1

Republican Rod Blum won this seat in 2014, following Democrat Bruce Braley's decision to run for the U.S. Senate election.

Democratic primary


  • Ravi Patel, President of Hawkeye Hotels[8][9]
  • Dave O'Brien, attorney, nominee for IA-06 in 1988 and candidate for this seat in 2014[13]


District 2

Democratic Representative David Loebsack has represented Iowa's 2nd district since 2007. He was elected to a fifth term in 2014 against Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks with 53% of the vote.

Republican State Senator Mark Chelgren is considering running.[19][20]

District 3

Republican David Young was elected to a first term in 2014 against Democrat Staci Appel with 53% of the vote.

Republican primary


  • Joe Grandanette, retired teacher and candidate for the seat in 2014[21][22]
  • David Young, incumbent U.S. Representative[23]

Democratic primary



District 4

Republican Representative Steve King won re-election in the 4th district in 2014, winning with 62% over Democrat Jim Mowrer.

Kim Weaver, chair of the O'Brien County Democrats and a local AFSCME official, is running as a Democrat.[35]


  1. ^ Pat Kinney (January 20, 2015). "Gary Kroeger mulling run for Congress". WCF Courier. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rynard, Pat (January 19, 2015). "Vernon’s In. Former SNL Actor and More May Join Race for Congress in IA-01". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Morain, Michael (February 13, 2015). SNL' alum from Cedar Falls may run for Congress"'".  
  4. ^ "Former SNL cast member running for Congress in Iowa".  
  5. ^ a b Rynard, Pat (May 24, 2015). "Monday Power Ranking: 1st District – Democrats". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ Cahn, Emily (June 30, 2015). "Murphy to Announce He’ll Seek Rematch With Blum".  
  7. ^ Noble, Jason (January 15, 2015). "Monica Vernon announces run for Congress".  
  8. ^ Noble, Jason (February 16, 2015). "Hotel executive Ravi Patel to run for Congress in Iowa's 1st district".  
  9. ^ Petroski, William (June 23, 2015). "Patel withdraws in 1st District congressional race".  
  10. ^ a b Obradovich, Kathie (January 22, 2015). "Culver making a run for Congress?".  
  11. ^ a b Emily Cahn (January 15, 2015). "First Democrat Jumps Into Targeted Iowa Race". Roll Call. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ Springer, Richard (March 9, 2015). "Swati Dandekar May Run for Congress in Iowa’s 1st District".  
  13. ^ Barton, Thomas J. (January 16, 2015). "2 weeks into Blum's term, Monica Vernon offers 2016 challenge".  
  14. ^ Rynard, Pat (June 23, 2015). "Gary Kroeger Nabs State Legislator Endorsement in 1st District Race". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "IA-01: More than a dozen Democratic legislators endorse Monica Vernon". Bleeding Heartland. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ Crippes, Christinia (June 24, 2015). "Bustos endorses Vernon for Iowa's 1st District".  
  17. ^ Lynch, James Q. (June 24, 2015). "Loebsack endorses Vernon for 1st District nomination".  
  18. ^ Lynch, James (March 27, 2015). "Vernon gets Emily’s List backing in Iowa 1st District race".  
  19. ^ Rynard, Pat (July 2, 2015). "Sources Report Mark Chelgren Planning Run Against Loebsack in 2nd". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ "State Senator Mark Chelgren "seriously" considering IA-02 campaign". Bleeding Heartland. July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Republican lines up to primary Young in Third District". The Iowa Statesman. July 28, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Petroski, William (October 1, 2015). "Zaun won't challenge Young for Congress".  
  23. ^ Riley, Roger (October 15, 2015). "Congressman David Young Plans To Run For Re-election".  
  24. ^ Petroski, William (March 15, 2015). "Zaun not ruling out primary challenge to Young".  
  25. ^ Rynard, Pat (February 27, 2015). "Rumor Roundup: Statehouse Retirements and 2016 Runs". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b c d Rynard, Pat (March 30, 2015). "Sizing Up the 3rd District Race: Which Democrats Will Run?". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b Rynard, Pat (June 8, 2015). "Monday Power Ranking: 3rd District – Democrats". Iowa Starting Line. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ Noble, Jason (July 21, 2015). "Desmund Adams announces bid for Congress".  
  29. ^ Jacobs, Jennifer (August 16, 2015). "Iraq vet Jim Mowrer running for Congress again".  
  30. ^ Cahn, Emily (April 8, 2015). "Democrats Down on Potential Iowa Candidate".  
  31. ^ Pathé, Simone (August 14, 2015). "Democrats Courting ‘Gold Standard’ to Unseat Young in Iowa (Updated)".  
  32. ^ Noble, Jason (February 27, 2015). "Staci Appel ‘considering’ 2016 bid for Congress".  
  33. ^ Jacobs, Jennifer (June 9, 2015). "Staci Appel opts against another bid for Congress".  
  34. ^ Noble, Jason (August 12, 2015). "Iowa state Sen. Matt McCoy declines congressional bid".  
  35. ^ Hayworth, Bret (August 14, 2015). "Weaver announces bid to defeat King in Iowa 4th District".  

External links

  • U.S. House elections in Iowa, 2016 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at
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