Thomas G. Courtney
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Thomas G. Courtney
Thomas G. Courtney
Thomas Courtney 85th General Assembly.jpg
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 44th district
Senate Majority Whip

January 13, 2003 - January 9, 2017
Jeff Angelo
Thomas Greene
Personal details
Born (1947-09-24) September 24, 1947 (age 71)
Burlington, Iowa
Political party Iowa Democratic Party

Donna Courtney (1966-2008, her death)

Nancy Courtney (present)
Children one son, two daughters
Residence Burlington, Iowa
Occupation Retired
Profession State Senator, Union representative, air traffic controller
Website Courtney's website
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force

Thomas G. Courtney (born 24 September 1947) was the Iowa State Senator from the 44th District of Iowa and served as the majority whip.


Courtney was born on September 24, 1947 in Burlington, Iowa and grew up in Wapello, Iowa. He graduated from Wapello High School.

After graduating, Courtney served six years in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller. He worked for the Case/New Holland Co. in Burlington, and served six years as bargaining chair for UAW Local 807 and was the union production safety representative from 1988 until retirement in 2002.

Courtney served as Southeast Iowa Community Action Program chair, as well as eight years on the Burlington School Board, with six years as its president. He is the former chairman of the Burlington Civil Service Commission. Courtney served on the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission, and he currently serves on the Regional Workforce Development Board for Region 16, and is a member of AMVETS. He served on steering committee for Community Health Center of Southeast Iowa and Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety Board. Courtney is a past chair of the Des Moines County Democrats. [1]

Personal life

Courtney is married to his wife Nancy. He has one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Courtney married his first wife, Donna, in 1966. She died August 24, 2008.

Courtney's family has a history of heart problems. He has had heart bypass surgery 3 times, most recently in 2013. [2]

Iowa State Senate

Courtney represents district 44 in southeastern Iowa and serves as the majority whip of the Iowa State Senate. He is a member of the Iowa Democratic Party.

Courtney serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Agriculture committee; the Commerce committee; the Rules and Administration committee; the Labor and Business Relations committee, where he is vice chair; and the Government Oversight committee, where he is chair.

Courtney was first elected in 2002. He was re-elected in 2008, & 2012. [3]

Courtney was defeated in his reelection bid in 2016.[1]

Electoral History

2008: Defeated David Kerr 60%-40%

2012: Defeated Brad Bourn 57%-43%

2016: Defeated by Thomas Greene 53%-47%[1]


  1. ^ a b "Canvass Results by County" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2017.

External links

Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Jeff Angelo
44th District
2003 – present
Succeeded by
Thomas Greene

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