David Young (politician)

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David Young
David Young official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa’s 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Tom Latham
Personal details
Born (1968-05-11) May 11, 1968 (age 50)
Van Meter, Iowa, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Van Meter, Iowa, U.S.
Alma mater Drake University

David Young (born May 11, 1968) is an American politician who was elected to serve Iowa's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives elections, 2014.


Young attended Drake University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the chief of staff to Iowa Republican senator Chuck Grassley. He was previously chief of staff to Kentucky senator Jim Bunning from 1998 to 2006.[1][2][3]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot. This was the second time in 50 years that a convention picked a nominee and the first time since 2002, when then-State Senator Steve King won a convention held in Iowa's 5th congressional district to decide the Republican nominee for Congress.[4] A poll conducted by the conservative website Caffeinated Thoughts of 118 of the 513 delegates was held on June 9–10. David Young and Brad Zaun took 27% each, with Robert Cramer on 19%, Monte Shaw on 14%, Matt Schultz on 8% and Joe Grandanette on 3% with another 3% undecided. 34% chose Young as their second choice, with 17% choosing Cramer, Schultz or Zaun, 10% picking Shaw and 3% picking Grandanette with 8% undecided.[5]

On June 21, in what was described as a "stunning upset", David Young won the nomination on the fifth ballot of the convention.[6]

On July 4, Zaun voiced his disappointment and suggested he would leave the Republican Party, leading some to encourage him to run for the seat as an Independent. He had previously announced that he would introduce legislation to hold primary runoff elections instead of conventions.[7] On July 10, Zaun announced that despite his frustrations, he would not leave the Republican Party or run as an Independent.[8]

2016 election

Young is running for re-election in 2016. He is being challenged by Joe Grandanette in the Republican primary, which will take place on June 7, 2016.[9][10]


Young was sworn into office on January 3, 2015. In May 2016, he voted to approve a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.[11]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Young is unmarried. He is a non-denominational Christian and lives in Van Meter.[1]

Electoral history

2014 Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Zaun 10,522 24.7
Republican Robert Cramer 9,032 21.2
Republican Matt Schultz 8,464 19.9
Republican Monte Shaw 7,220 17.0
Republican David Young 6,604 15.5
Republican Joe Grandanette 661 1.6
Republican Write-ins 42 0.1
Total votes 42,545 100
Iowa Republican Convention, 2014[13]
Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
David Young 86 (16.8%) 81 (15.8%) 102 (19.9%) 171 (33.3%) 276 (53.8%)
Brad Zaun 130 (25.3%) 157 (30.6%) 188 (36.6%) 206 (40.2%) 221 (43.1%)
Monte Shaw 118 (23%) 122 (23.8%) 126 (24.6%) 120 (23.4%)
Matt Schultz 95 (18.5%) 88 (17.2%) 85 (16.6%)
Robert Cramer 75 (14.6%) 60 (11.7%)
Joe Grandanette 7 (1.4%) 2 (0.4%)
Exhausted ballots 2 (0.4%) 3 (0.6%) 12 (2.3%) 16 (3.1%) 16 (3.1%)
Total 513 (100%) 513 (100%) 513 (100%) 513 (100%) 513 (100%)
Iowa's 3rd Congressional District General Election 2014[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Young 148,814 52.8
Democratic Staci Appel 119,109 42.2
Libertarian Edward Wright 9,054 3.2
No party preference Bryan Jack Holder 4,360 1.5
Write-ins 729 0.3
Total votes 282,066 100
Republican hold


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Iowa Election 2014". Des Moines Register. 9 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Grassley aide weighs Senate run". POLITICO.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Senate hopeful David Young previews campaign kick off today in Van Meter - The Iowa Republican".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Petroski, William. "Iowa's 3rd Congressional District GOP race heads to convention". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 4 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "David Young, Brad Zaun Lead Iowa 3rd District Delegate Poll". Caffeinated Thoughts. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Petroski, William (21 June 2014). "David Young wins 3rd District GOP nomination in stunning upset". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 23 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Republican some say was 'robbed' in election weighs abandoning GOP". The Des Moines Register. July 4, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Brad Zaun staying with GOP despite frustrations". The Des Moines Register. July 10, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Pathé, Simone (August 14, 2015). "Democrats Courting 'Gold Standard' to Unseat Young in Iowa". Roll Call. Retrieved 26 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Republican lines up to primary Young in Third District". The Iowa Statesman. July 28, 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Noble, Jason (May 26, 2016). "David Young votes 'yes' on new LGBT anti-discrimination bill". Des Moines Register. Associated Press. Retrieved 31 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "OFFICIAL RESULTS June 3, 2014 Primary Election". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved July 23, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Shocker: David Young wins GOP Nomination on Fifth Ballot". The Iowa Republican. Retrieved 29 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Iowa General Election 2014". Iowa Secretary of State. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-12-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Latham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 3rd congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bruce Westerman
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Lee Zeldin
R-New York