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Jerry Behn

Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 24th district
40th (1997-2003)
Assumed office 
January 13, 1997
Preceded by Albert Sorensen

Born January 31, 1954 (1954-01-31) (age 55)
Boone County, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dennise
Children 4 children
Residence Boone, Iowa
Occupation Farmer/Agribusiness
Website Behn's website

Jerry Behn (born January 31, 1954) is the Iowa State Senator from the 24th District and Assistant Majority Leader in the Iowa Senate. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 1997, and served as a Boone County Supervisor from 1995 to 1996.[1]

Behn currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Appropriations committee; the Commerce committee; the State Government committee; the Environment & Energy Independence committee, where he is the ranking member, and the Ethics committee, where he is the ranking member. He also serves on the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.

Behn was last re-elected in 2008 with 22,970 votes (57%), defeating Democratic opponent, former Iowa Senator Albert Sorensen.[2]

Behn is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.[3] His platform includes promoting fiscal restraint, preserving right-to-work, and allowing Iowans to vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He has called for voters to vote against retention for those Iowa Supreme Court justices who decided that Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional in Varnum v. Brien.[4]


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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Albert Sorensen
40th District
January 13, 1997 – January 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Richard Drake
Preceded by
Richard Drake
24th District
January 13, 2003 – present
Succeeded by


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