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Senator Jack Whitver is proud to represent Iowa Senate District 19, which includes Ankeny, Alleman, and north Des Moines. A lifelong Iowan, Senator Whitver grew up in Grinnell and graduated from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State he was a three-year starter as wide receiver for the Iowa State Cyclones football team.
An entrepreneur at heart, Senator Whitver began his first small business immediately following graduation from ISU. He has grown that into several fitness businesses and recently the restaurant business. Both the values he was raised with and the experience of founding and growing a small business have shaped his political philosophy. In 2012, Senator Whitver graduated from Drake University Law School and he currently practices law at the Hagenow and Gustoff Law Firm in Des Moines. He specializes in estate planning and business law.
Senator Whitver was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011. Through his tenure in the Iowa Senate, he has held leadership positions including Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and Republican Whip. After the November 2016 election, when Republicans gained control of the Iowa Senate, Senator Whitver was elected as the Iowa Senate President by his colleagues. In March 2018 he became Senate Majority Leader.
Senator Whitver believes the key to Iowa’s future is a 21st century economy which blends the technology, innovation, and efficiency of the present with the traditional values of hard work and sacrifice Iowans have always been known for. He will continue to move Iowa forward, to create a better future for our state by standing for a smaller, smarter government, and working to reduce the tax burden on Iowans.
He and his wife Rachel live in Ankeny, where they are proudly raising their three children.