2014 general election

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Bruce Braley

Age: 56
Home: Waterloo
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Attorney
Public offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, 2007-present
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Iowa State University; law degree, University of Iowa
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Presbyterian
Website    

Sam Clovis

Age: 64
Home: Hinton
Party: Republican
Occupation: Talk-radio host and Morningside College professor
Public offices held: None
Education: MBA, Golden Gate University, San Francisco; doctorate, University of Alabama
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 20, 2014: Background makes him best choice, U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis says

Joni Ernst

Age: 43
Home: Red Oak
Party: Republican
Occupation: Lieutenant colonel in Iowa Army National Guard
Public offices held: Montgomery County auditor, 2004-2010; Iowa Senate, 2011-present
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Iowa State University
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Lutheran
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 18, 2014: Joni Ernst gains national attention with 'Make them squeal' ad

Mark Jacobs

Age: 52
Home: West Des Moines
Party: Republican
Occupation: Retired CEO of Reliant Energy
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Southern Methodist University; MBA, Northwestern University
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Lutheran
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 24, 2014: In Iowa's U.S. Senate race, Mark Jacobs puts $3M of his own money on the line

Paul Lunde

Age: 77
Home: Ames
Party: Republican
Occupation: Attorney, teacher
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, Northwestern University; bachelor’s degree, Iowa State University; law degree, Harvard University
Family: Married; two children
Faith: Lutheran

Candidate stories


• Jan. 20, 2014: Little disagreement during GOP debate in Council Bluffs

Scott Schaben

Age: 39
Home: Ames
Party: Republican
Occupation: Auto sales manager
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Iowa State University
Family: Married; two children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 21, 2014: Senate hopeful Scott Schaben, in search of Iowa votes, touts himself as just ‘a normal person’

Matt Whitaker

Age: 44
Home: Clive
Party: Republican
Occupation: Former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa; small-business owner
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, MBA and law degree, University of Iowa
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Lutheran
Website    

Candidate stories


• Aug. 7, 2013: Iowa Senate candidate Matt Whitaker’s listening tour stops in Treynor

U.S. House, 3rd District

Staci Appel

Age: 47
Home: Ackworth
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Iowa state senator; former financial consultant
Public offices held: State senator, 2007-2010
Education: West City High, Iowa City
Family: Married; six children
Faith: Methodist
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 9, 2014: In Iowa, copying claims go back and forth between Republicans, Democrats

David Young

Age: 46
Home: Van Meter
Party: Republican
Occupation: Former chief of staff for Sen. Charles Grassley
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Drake University
Family: Single
Faith: Christian
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 28, 2014: House candidate David Young hopes to trade on his connection to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley
• Feb. 9, 2014: Money gives David Young head start in bid for U.S. House seat
• Jan. 3, 2014: Iowa Republican David Young leaves U.S. Senate race to run for House

Monte Shaw

Age: 41
Home: West Des Moines
Party: Republican
Occupation: Executive director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Simpson College
Family: Married; two children
Faith: Christian
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 26, 2014: Advocacy of renewables fuels Monte Shaw's bid for U.S. House

Robert Cramer

Age: 46
Home: Johnston
Party: Republican
Occupation: Part-owner and co-president of Cramer & Associates, a bridge construction company
Public offices held: Johnston school board, 1996-2005
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Iowa State University
Family: Married; two children
Faith: Assemblies of God
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 27, 2014: Faith drives 'real deal' Iowa conservative Robert Cramer

Joe Grandanette

Age: 59
Home: Des Moines
Party: Republican
Occupation: Teacher; ran a nutrition store for 14 years
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Drake University
Family: Married; one child
Faith: Catholic
Website    


Matt Schultz

Age: 34
Home: Truro
Party: Republican
Occupation: Iowa secretary of state
Public offices held: Secretary of state, 2011-present; Council Bluffs City Council, 2005-10
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Iowa; law degree, Creighton University
Family: Married; five children
Faith: Mormon
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 29, 2014: Iowa 3rd District House race: Matt Schultz saw himself in office from the beginning
• Jan. 10, 2014: 'Washington is broken,' Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz says in launching House bid

Brad Zaun

Age: 52
Home: Urbandale
Party: Republican
Occupation: Iowa state senator; director of marketing & sales for Grapnel Tech Services, an IT staffing company
Public offices held: State senator, 2005-present; Urbandale mayor, 1998-2004; Urbandale City Council, 1996-1998
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Grand View College
Family: Married; five children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


• May 30, 2014: Brad Zaun says he’s no stranger to hard work
• May 9, 2014: State lawmaker Brad Zaun says he took a gun into Iowa Senate

U.S. House, 4th District

Jim Mowrer

Age: 27
Home: Boone
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Former Iowa National Guard; former special assistant to the U.S. Undersecretary of the Army
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, American Military University; master’s degree, George Mason University
Family: Married; two children
Faith: Presbyterian
Website    

Candidate stories


• July 3, 2013: Iraq war vet Jim Mowrer seeks to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa

Steve King

Age: 65
Home: Kiron
Party: Republican
Occupation: Congressman, founder of King Construction
Public offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-present; Iowa Senate, 1997-2002
Education: Attended Northwest Missouri State University
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


• Aug. 3, 2013: Senators take immigration overhaul debate to Iowa Rep. Steve King's backyard
• July 10, 2013: Rep. Steve King will urge colleagues to halt immigration bill
• May 4, 2013: Iowa's Steve King won't pursue Senate seat
• Feb. 6, 2013: Could Iowa's Steve King win over moderates, independents if he sought Senate seat?

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Last day for Early Voting - 11/3

Election Day - 11/4

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