About Dave

Dave Degner, lifelong rural Iowan, veteran, Hawkeye Community College instructor, and volunteer announced his intention to run as the Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 36. The district encompasses Tama county, Marshall county and parts of Black Hawk county.

“I’m running for the State Senate because politics has become personal for me. I’m not a politician, I’m a concerned Iowan who has had too many family and friends affected by the State Legislature’s inability to put people first in our state. The state of Iowa has turned away from the priorities and values it once stood for, our representatives should be looking out for their constituents, not giving handouts to special interests,” says Degner. “I feel compelled to do something more than just vote, that’s why I’m taking on this fight: to help solve the problems that have hurt members of my family, fellow students, teachers and vulnerable citizens across the state who are in need.”

Dave is a fifth generation Iowan and was born to a family of farmers, proud union workers and small business owners in Tama county. Degner grew up helping his family’s farm, served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 9 years and was a small business owner for 15 years.  He has also worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred and as a bulk fuel transport driver. He now works as an instructor at Hawkeye Community College in Business and Community Education,  is a graduate of Hawkeye Community College and a student at the University of Northern Iowa.

Degner enjoys spending free time with his family, riding his motorcycle and volunteering at the North East Iowa Food Bank.