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Republican Party of Iowa
RPI logo.png
Party Chairman Matt Strawn
Senate Leader Paul McKinley
House Leader Kraig Paulsen
Headquarters 621 East Ninth Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
National affiliation Republican Party
Color(s) Red
Web Site

The Republican Party of Iowa is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Iowa. The Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa is Matt Strawn.

Historically the party has held the Governor's office – 30 of Iowa's 41 governors have been Republicans.

The Iowa Republican Party sponsors the Ames Straw Poll and runs the Republican side of the Iowa Caucus.


Washington D.C

Elected Statewide Officials

Early History

Samuel J. Kirkwood, founder of the Iowa Republican Party, abolitionist, and Iowa's Civil War governor.

The Iowa Republican Party was founded on an anti-slavery platform in 1856 by citizens dissatisfied with the existing Whig and Democratic Parties. Samuel J. Kirkwood, abolitionist and later Iowa's Civil War governor, is credited as one of the principal founders. Summoned from his mill at Coralville and still coated in flour dust, Kirkwood gave a rousing speech at the founding meeting of the Republican Party of Iowa in February 1856 in Iowa City. Many people credited Kirkwood’s speech and subsequent work with the success of the party in Iowa. Pro-Union sentiment during and after the Civil War helped the party to expand in importance. Between 1858 and 1932 the Republicans won every Iowa gubernatorial election, with the exception of 1890, when Horace Boies, a former Republican, was elected because of his opposition to Prohibition. In 1932 electoral frustration with the Great Depression and Prohibition led to the re-emergence of the Democratic Party in Iowa.

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