|Chair of the Iowa Republican Party|
|Assumed office |
June 28, 2014
|Preceded by||Danny Carroll|
|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives|
from the 79th district
|Preceded by||Dan Boddicker|
|Succeeded by||Bobby Kaufmann|
|Born||January 9, 1963|
|Education||University of Iowa (BA, MA, PhD)|
Jeff A. Kaufmann (born 9 January 1963) is a former Iowa State Representative from the 79th District. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives for 8 years - from his election in 2004 until his retirement in 2013. He served in House leadership for 6 years, serving as the assistant minority leader and Speaker Pro Tem.
Kaufmann won his first election to the Iowa House by just over 1,000 votes, and was re-elected three times. In 2006, he was reelected with 6,311 votes (62%), defeating Democratic opponent Clara Oleson. In 2008, Kaufmann collected 9,456 votes, easily maintaining his seat. Democrat Rebecca Spears dropped out of the race before election day.
In the Iowa House, Kaufmann was a member of the Administration and Rules committee; the Education committee; the State Government committee; the Ways and Means committee; and the Local Government committee, where he was the ranking member. Kaufmann authored a key anti-eminent domain bill; the Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack which was the only override of a Governor's veto in half a century. As a member of the House leadership team, Kaufmann played a key role in recruiting, fundraising, and campaigning for Republican candidate.
In 2014, Kaufmann became chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. During his tenure, the party enjoyed major successes on the local, state, and federal levels. In his time as chair, the winning control of both chambers of the legislature and the governorship for the first time in almost twenty years. On the federal level, Republicans captured five of six federal offices, while delivering Iowa to the Republican presidential nominee for the first time since 2004.
His previous political experience includes serving as a trustee for Sugar Creek Township, as president of the Wilton School Board, and he currently serves as a Cedar County Supervisor.
Kauffman obtained his BA, MA, and Ph.D from the University of Iowa.
Outside politics, Kaufmann is a seventh generation livestock farmer, as well as a Professor of History and Government at Muscatine Community College, where he has taught courses since 1990.
Awards and honors
Kauffman has won a number of awards which include:
- Chancellor’s Award from the Eastern Iowa Community College District (1996)
- Muscatine County Outstanding Teacher Award (2005)
- Faculty Member of the Year from the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (2012)
Kaufmann is a member of the following organizations:
- Farm Bureau
- Cedar County Historical Society
- Friends of the American Legion
- Cedar County Soldiers Monument Association
- Community Action of Eastern Iowa Board
- Herbert Hoover Association
- Highway 30 Coalition
Kaufmann is married to his wife of 36 years, Vicki. Together they have three sons and one grandson: Bobby (now a state representative), Jacob (a middle school science teacher, coach, and father to Oliver), and John (the former chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans).
Date of last edit: 2021-04-30T22:47:20.000Z