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Paul C. Shomshor, Jr.
Paul C. Shomshor - Official Portrait - 83rd GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 100th district
In office
December 12, 2003 – January 9, 2011
Preceded byBrad Hansen
Succeeded byMark Brandenburg
Personal details
Born (1967-04-10) April 10, 1967 (age 52)
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
Alma materBaylor University
WebsiteShomshor's website

Paul C. Shomshor, Jr. (born April 10, 1967) is a former Iowa State Representative from the 100th District. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003, when he was elected in a special election, until 2011. He received his BA and MA from Baylor University.

During his last term in the Iowa House, Shomshor served on the Agriculture, Commerce, and (until November 9, 2009) State Government committees. He also served as the chair of the Ways and Means Committee and as a member of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. His prior political experience includes serving on the Council Bluffs City Council from 1997–2001 and running for the United States House of Representatives in 2002.

Electoral history

In 2002, Shomshor ran for Iowa's 5th congressional district, following the 2002 redistricting and Republican Greg Ganske's decision to leave the House and run for the United States Senate. He lost the election to Republican opponent and then-State Senator Steve King.[1] He won election to the Iowa House in an August 5, 2003 special election for the vacancy in the 100th District left when Republican Brad Hansen resigned to attend law school.[2] He won the election, defeating Republican opponent Steve Cates. Shomshor left the house in 2011 after losing re-election in 2010 to Republican Mark Brandenburg.


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
United States House of Representatives elections, 2002 [3]
District 5
Turnout: 182,237
Republican (newly redistricted) Steve KingRepublican113,25762.1
Paul Shomshor Republican68,85337.8
Iowa House of Representatives special election, 2003 [4]
District 100
Turnout: 3,995
Democratic gain from RepublicanPaul ShomshorDemocratic2,33958.5
Steve Cates Republican1,64841.3
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [5]
District 100
Turnout: 11,187
Democratic hold Paul Shomshor*Democratic6,75760.4
Patrick Tarr Republican4,40639.4
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [6]
District 100
Turnout: 6,890
Democratic hold Paul Shomshor*Democratic3,56851.8
Scott A. Belt Republican3,21146.6
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [7]
District 100
Turnout: 11,875
Democratic hold Paul Shomshor*Democratic6,20852.3
Scott A. Belt Republican5,65347.6
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [8]
District 100
Turnout: 7,156
Republican gain from DemocraticMark A. BrandenburgRepublican3,69951.7
Paul Shomshor* Democratic3,28745.9


  1. ^ King, Steve; Shomshor, Paul (2002-10-04). "Iowa Press #3005". Iowa Press (Interview: transcript). Interviewed by Dean Borg; David Yepsen; Mike Glover. Des Moines, Iowa: PBS. Archived from the original on 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  2. ^ "Democrat wins special House election". Sioux City Journal. 2003-08-07. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  3. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 4. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  4. ^ "Special Election Canvass Summary - Iowa House District 100 - August 5, 2003" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  5. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 136. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  6. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 50. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  7. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  8. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held November 2, 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-12-16. p. 141. Retrieved 2011-09-19.

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Brad Hansen
100th District
2003 – 2011
Succeeded by
Mark Brandenburg
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