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State Representative Dennis Cohoon

Working Together for a Better Iowa

Candidate for Iowa House District 99

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Dennis Cohoon is serving his 18th term in the Iowa House. He is ranking member of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee and also serves on Transportation, State Government, Agriculture, and Ethics Committees.

Dennis was born March 29, 1953 in Burlington, the son of Meril and Marie Cohoon. His father was a railroad worker for the Burlington Northern, and his mother was a homemaker. Dennis has two sisters, Judy and Sally, who both live in Burlington.

Dennis is a lifelong Burlington resident. He attended Burlington High School where he ran track and graduated in 1971. He then attended Southeastern Community College, earning an associate’s degree in 1974 in business. From 1973-79, Dennis served in the Iowa Army National Guard, assigned to the 224th Engineer Battalion based in Burlington.

He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and business education and minors in special education and psychology. He has done graduate work in special education at the University of Iowa.

In 1978, he began teaching in the Burlington school district. He retired in 2010 after 32 years as a special education teacher at Burlington High School, where he worked with mentally disabled teenagers who needed a specialized curriculum.

Dennis and his wife, Sue, were married in 1998. Sue tutors students at Southeastern Community College. They have three stepchildren, one deceased stepson, and seven grandchildren.

He became interested in politics during the Kennedy-Nixon Presidential race in 1960 and worked in several local races before running himself.

He has represented Iowa House Democrats on the Education Commission of States, which brings together education leaders from each state to meet and discuss education policy in their state, then share their discussions with leaders from across the nation.

Dennis is a past member of the Burlington Education Association, the Geode Education Association, and the Iowa State Education Association. He is a member of the Des Moines County Democratic Central Committee. He attends the First Christian Church.

Dennis has a substantial collection of Presidential memorabilia, including buttons, stamps, cards, and busts, which he has been collecting since he was seven years old. He is also a sports fan, especially of Hawkeye basketball and New York Yankees baseball.



Costs For Iowans
Too many Iowans are still struggling to make ends meet today. Their wages simply aren’t keeping up with the rising costs of healthcare, food, child care, and utility bills. We can and should take action to help lower costs and reduce living expenses for Iowans. 
Protect Reproductive Freedom
Everyone deserves the right to make their own health care decisions, especially when it comes to reproductive care and abortion. Lawmakers have no place interfering in the  private health care decisions made between an individual, their family, and their doctor.
Support Iowa's Public schools
For generations, Iowans have counted on great public schools to educate our kids and be the heart of communities large and small. But we’ve lost ground and our public school kids are losing out and teachers are leaving the classroom. 
Adult Use of Marijuana
A majority of adult Iowans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Legalizing marijuana for adult use will keep Iowans safe, boost Iowa's tax revenue, and improve the quality of life for Iowans suffering from chronic illnesses.

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