Marion County Candidate Corner

Julian B. Garrett - Iowa State Senate - District 11


On November 19, 2013, Julian Garrett won a special election to represent Senate
District 13. He was re-elected on November 4, 2014 and on November 6, 2018. He
is serving his second full term in the Senate but he has served three years in the
Iowa House, having been first elected in 2010. He Chairs the Justice System
Appropriations Subcommittee. He is serving on the Appropriations, Judiciary,
Human Resources and Local Government Committees. He has just been appointed
to serve on the Administrative Rules Review Committee.  He was named 2011
Legislator of the Year by the Iowa Physician Assistant Society.

Julian has lived in Warren County for over 40 years. He is a nearly retired attorney and a farmer
in the southern part of the county where he lives with his wife Nancy.
Education is very important to the Garrett family. The three boys, Ryan and
Jeff and Jonathan, have graduated with engineering degrees from Iowa State.
Julian grew up on a farm where he learned about hard work and personal
responsibility. He has raised purebred Charolais cattle for many years. He is a
long time Farm Bureau member. Julian is a member of the Lutheran Church.
Julian is a graduate of Central College in Pella, and the University of Iowa
Law School. He is a lifelong Republican and has been a member of the
Warren County Republican Central Committee for about 40 years. He served
as Ronald Reagan's Chairman in the old 5th Congressional District twice.

Julian greets President Ronald Reagan at the Winterset airport in 1984, as
Senator Grassley and Governor Branstad look on.

Volunteer Work

Always willing to give his time to our young people, Julian was a volunteer
Little League and soccer coach for more than 12 years. He served on the
Indianola Little League Board of Directors for a number of years and directed
the County Little League post-season tournament for Warren and surrounding
counties for several years. In addition, he coached Middle School Mock Trial
teams, two of which reached the State Tournament.

Prior Government Experience 

Julian has experience in State government. He served 12 years as Assistant
Attorney General in Charge of Consumer Protection, when that office was first
established. During that time, he was fighting to rid the market place of con-
men and frauds. He worked with the legislature promoting legislation to fight
frauds and swindles.

Contact information for Candidate Garrett

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Jon Thorup - Iowa State Senate - District 19


Iowa State Representative Jon Thorup is announcing that he will be seeking re-election to the Iowa Legislature in Senate District 19.  Senate District 19 is composed of Jasper County and portions of Marion and Mahaska Counties.

Thorup was first elected in 2018 to the Iowa House of Representatives, serving a district made up of portions of Jasper, Marion and Lucas Counties. 

After one year of service, Thorup was elected to house leadership as Assistant Majority Leader, a post that he still holds today.

Thorup was re-elected to The Iowa House in 2020. 

“I’d like to thank the many people that have called me, urging me to continue my service.  It’s humbling, really.”

“I am proud of The Iowa Legislature’s accomplishments over the last several years, and I want to help it accomplish even more over the next several years.” 

Thorup announced his run for State Senate District 19 last month, which is composed of portions of Marion and Mahaska Counties, and all of Jasper County.

Thorup is an Iowa State Trooper and resides in rural Marion County.

Talsma named Chairman

Brandon Talsma, member of the Jasper County Board of Supervisors, has accepted the position of Committee Chair for Jon Thorup’s State Senate campaign.

Talsma was elected to the board in 2018 and continues to serve in that capacity.

Thorup commented: “Brandon and I were elected the same year, so I have been able to watch him and work with him since that time. I have been extremely impressed at how active and decisive he has been. I’m very fortunate to have ‘The Beard’ on my team!”

Talsma was happy to accept the post, saying “Jon has represented a significant portion of Jasper County for the last 3 years, and he’s done a good job for the citizens of Jasper County. I’m more than happy to help him to represent Jasper County in the State Senate.”


Brooke Boden - Iowa House District 21


Greg Heartsill - Iowa House District 37