Linda Upmeyer

Linda L. Upmeyer (born July 23, 1952) is an American politician who served in the Iowa House of Representatives from the 54th district from 2003 to 2021 and as the Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2016 to 2020. She was the first female Speaker in Iowa's history. She received her BSN from the University of Iowa and her MSN from Drake University. On August 19, 2015, Upmeyer was elected by the members of the Iowa House of Representatives Republican majority to serve as the Speaker of the House. Upmeyer's father Del Stromer served as Speaker from 1981–82.

Linda Upmeyer
Linda Upmeyer official photo.jpg
Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
In office
January 14, 2016 – January 13, 2020
Preceded byKraig Paulsen
Succeeded byPat Grassley
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 54th district
14th (2003–2016)
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 11, 2021
Preceded byClarence Hoffman
Succeeded byShannon Latham
Personal details
Born (1952-07-23) July 23, 1952 (age 68)
Mason City, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Doug Upmeyer
Children5
EducationNorth Iowa Area Community College
University of Iowa (BS)
Drake University (MS)

Upmeyer serves on the Administration and Rules committee in the Iowa House. She is also a member of the Legislative Council.

BiographyEdit

Upmeyer was born in Mason City, Iowa to Del Stromer and Harriett Ostendorf. She grew up in Garner on the family farm. First elected in 2002, Upmeyer serves as the Majority Leader of the Iowa House of Representatives. She is a cardiology nurse practitioner. She is the National Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization funded by the Koch brothers[1] and focused on limited government, free markets, and federalism.

Electoral historyEdit

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2002 [2]
District 12
Turnout: 4,112
Republican (newly redistricted) Linda UpmeyerRepublican2,79968
Kirk Kraft Republican1,30932
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [3]
District 12
Turnout: 10,820
Republican (newly redistricted) Linda UpmeyerRepublican6,61761
Jim Braun Democratic4,19739
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [4]
District 12
Turnout: 15,033
Republican hold Linda Upmeyer*Republican10,436
Vernon Harper Democratic4,58531
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [5]
District 12
Republican hold Linda Upmeyer*Republicanunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [6]
District 12
Turnout: 14,474
Republican hold Linda Upmeyer*Republican10,08670
Randall Rainer Democratic4,38030
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [7]
District 12
Republican hold Linda Upmeyer*Republicanunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives general elections, 2012 [8]
District 54
Republican (newly redistricted) Linda Upmeyer*Republicanunopposed

* = incumbent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Center for Public Integrity. "Koch brothers pour more cash into think tanks, ALEC". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Canvass Summary – 2002 Primary Election (6/4/2002)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. July 1, 2002. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Canvass Summary – Final – 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. December 2, 2002. p. 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 9, 2003. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Canvass Summary – Final – 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. December 6, 2004. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 4, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Official Results Report – Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. November 21, 2006. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 14, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held November 2, 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. December 16, 2010. p. 53. Retrieved September 19, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Summary" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 100. Retrieved December 12, 2013.

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clarence Hoffman
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 12th district

2003–2013
Succeeded by
Dan Muhlbauer
Preceded by
Ron Jorgensen
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 54th district

2013–2021
Succeeded by
Shannon Latham
Political offices
Preceded by
Kraig Paulsen
Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
2016–2020
Succeeded by
Pat Grassley