DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee elected Dr. Andrea “Andy” McGuire of Des Moines to serve as the new state party chair for the 2015-2016 term, in addition to electing several other executive officers Saturday.
McGuire, 58, replaces current state party chairman Scott Brennan, who did not seek re-election, but will continue to work for the party. A physician and president of Meridian Health Plan of Iowa, McGuire has been an active voice in Iowa politics for years, even serving as the running mate for gubernatorial candidate Mike Blouin in 2006. Though she has expressed a desire in the past to run for Congress, she told reporters Saturday she’s promised the party she won’t consider a run for office for at least the next two years while serving as chair.
“I’m a doctor, I’m a mother of seven, I’m a business executive,” she said. “I have the type of strong leadership to take this forward.”
McGuire secured the central committee’s vote after two run-off elections Saturday; three other candidates – former congressional candidates Jim Mowrer and Kurt Meyer, as well Tim Tracy – caused the 44 votes to split so that a 23-vote majority needed to secure a winner was not accomplished during the first two rounds of elections. McGuire expressed a desire to keep all three of her opponents close and active in the party, citing all of their “strong credentials.”
A number of strong establishment endorsements backed McGuire leading into the election Saturday, including those from Congressman Dave Loebsack and Majority Leader of the Iowa State Senate, Mike Gronstal. McGuire told attendants at Saturday’s meeting her priorities as chair include boosting fundraising for the party and building stronger connections in the rural parts of the state.