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Roger Jepsen
Roger Jepsen.JPG
United States Senator
from Iowa
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byDick Clark
Succeeded byTom Harkin
38th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
In office
January 16, 1969 – January 1973
GovernorRobert D. Ray
Preceded byRobert D. Fulton
Succeeded byArthur Neu
Member of the Iowa Senate
In office
Personal details
Roger William Jepsen

December 23, 1928
Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.
DiedNovember 13, 2020(2020-11-13) (aged 91)
Bettendorf, Iowa, US
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dee Jepsen
Alma materArizona State University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1946–1947

Roger William Jepsen (December 23, 1928 – November 13, 2020) was an American politician from the state of Iowa. A Republican, he served in the United States Senate and as Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.

Early life

Jepsen was born on December 23, 1928 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Emil and Esther (Sorensen) Jepsen. His grandparents were all Danish immigrants.[1] Jepsen attended public schools.


Jepsen attended University of Northern Iowa. Jepsen graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 1950 with a bachelor's degree and in 1953 with a master's degree. At ASU, Jepsen was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon.


Jepsen became a paratrooper in the United States Army 1946–1947 and served in the United States Army Reserve 1948–1960. He was active in farming, insurance and health care businesses.

Jepsen served as a county supervisor of Scott County from 1962 to 1965 and was a state Senator from 1966 to 1968. He was the 39th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1969 to 1973, having been elected with Governor Robert D. Ray in 1968.

In 1978, he was elected to the United States Senate, narrowly defeating incumbent Richard C. Clark in a major surprise, receiving strong support from National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC). He served a single term from January 3, 1979 to January 3, 1985. He served as co-chairman of the Joint Economic Committee in the 98th Congress.

Fellow Republican colleagues praised Jepsen for persuading then U.S. President Ronald Reagan to lift the agricultural ban against the Soviet Union.[2]

Jepsen was defeated by Democratic Congressman Tom Harkin in the 1984 Senate election. Jepsen later served as chairman of the National Credit Union Administration.

During part of his tenure in the Senate, Jepsen sat at the Candy Desk.


Jepsen died on November 13, 2020, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa, aged 91.[3][4]


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  2. ^ Tolchin, Martin (27 July 1984). "CONGRESS; THE G.O.P. ROADSHOW OF MUTUAL ADMIRATION". New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ Mohmand, Amber (November 15, 2020). "Former U.S. Senator Roger Jepsen dies at 91". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  4. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (November 15, 2020). "Roger Jepsen, Senator From Iowa and Reagan Ally, Dies at 91". New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2020.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jack Miller
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Iowa
(Class 2)

1978, 1984
Succeeded by
Tom Tauke
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Fulton
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Neu
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Dick Clark
 U.S. senator (Class 2) from Iowa
Served alongside: John Culver, Chuck Grassley
Succeeded by
Tom Harkin
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