100 Notable alumni of
Drake University

Drake University is 711th in the world, 266th in North America, and 246th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Drake University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Jeremy Piven

    Jeremy Piven
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    voice actortelevision producerfilm actortelevision actoractor
    Biography

    Jeremy Samuel Piven is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards. He also starred in the British period drama Mr Selfridge, which tells the story of the man who created the English department store Selfridges, and portrayed Spence Kovak on Ellen DeGeneres's sitcom Ellen.

  2. Michael Emerson

    Michael Emerson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    film actoractorstage actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Michael Emerson is an American actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, Zep Hindle in the first Saw film, Cayden James on Arrow, and Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest. Emerson has also worked extensively in theater and narration. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and been nominated for three others, as well as receiving other awards and nominations. He currently stars as Dr. Leland Townsend in the CBS thriller series Evil.

  3. Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    journalistscience communicatorscience writerwriterautobiographer
    Biography

    William McGuire Bryson is an American–British author of nonfiction books on topics including travel, the English language, and science. Born in the United States, he has been a resident of Britain for most of his adult life, returning to the U.S. between 1995 and 2003, and holds dual American and British citizenship. He served as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011.

  4. Steve Allen

    Steve Allen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2000 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    screenwritermusicianfilm actorcomedianwriter
    Biography

    Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. In 1954, he achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late-night television talk show.

  5. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    golfer
    Biography

    Zachary Harris Johnson is an American professional golfer who has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including two major championships, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship.

  6. Terry Branstad

    Terry Branstad
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    diplomatlawyeracademic administratorpolitician
    Biography

    Terry Edward Branstad is an American politician and former diplomat. A member of the Republican Party, he served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979 before serving as governor of Iowa from 1983 to 1999 and again from 2011 to 2017. Branstad served as the United States Ambassador to China from 2017 to 2020 under President Donald Trump.

  7. Julee Cruise

    Julee Cruise
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    stage actorsingeractor
    Biography

    Julee A. Cruise is an American singer, songwriter, actress and musician, best known for her collaborations with composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She has released four albums and collaborated with a variety of other artists. She is known for her song "Falling", the theme song for the television series Twin Peaks. She is married to author and editor Edward Grinnan.

  8. Syleena Johnson

    Syleena Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    actorsinger-songwriter
    Biography

    Syleena Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter from Chicago, Illinois.

  9. Abby Finkenauer

    Abby Finkenauer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Abby Lea Finkenauer is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district from 2019 to 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Finkenauer is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

  10. John August

    John August
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    film producerjournalistpodcasterfilm directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    John August is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist. He is known for writing the films Go (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Frankenweenie (2012), the Disney live-action adaptation of Aladdin (2019), the novels Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire (2018), Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (2019) and Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows (2020).

  11. Billy Cundiff

    Billy Cundiff
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    William Ambrose Cundiff is a former American football placekicker. He played college football for Drake University, and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2002.

  12. Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1924-2011 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    pianistmusician
    Biography

    Roger Williams was an American popular music pianist. Described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century", and "the rare instrumental pop artist to strike a lasting commercial chord," Williams had 22 hit singles – including the chart-topping "Autumn Leaves" in 1955 and "Born Free" in 1966 – and 38 hit albums between 1955 and 1972.

  13. Susan Glaspell

    Susan Glaspell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1876-1948 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    writerbiographeractorjournalistnovelist
    Biography

    Susan Keating Glaspell was an American playwright, novelist, journalist and actress. With her husband George Cram Cook, she founded the Provincetown Players, the first modern American theatre company.

  14. Chet Culver

    Chet Culver
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Chester John "Chet" Culver is an American politician who served one term as the 41st governor of Iowa, from 2007 to 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he had previously served as the 29th secretary of state of Iowa from 1999 to 2007.

  15. Brian Wansink

    Brian Wansink
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    nutritionist
    Biography

    Brian Wansink is a former American professor and researcher who worked in consumer behavior and marketing research. He is the former executive director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and held the John S. Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University, where he directed the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

  16. David Young

    David Young
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Enrolled in Drake University
    In 1991 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    businesspersoncampaign managerpoliticianmilitary chief of staffcongressional staff
    Biography

    David Edmund Young is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Iowa's 3rd congressional district from 2015 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he is a native and resident of Van Meter, a western suburb of Des Moines. He was first elected in 2014 and reelected in 2016; he lost reelection in 2018 to Democrat Cindy Axne. Young unsuccessfully challenged Axne in 2020 to regain his old seat, losing by 1.3%.

  17. Sherrill Milnes

    Sherrill Milnes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    singeropera singer
    Biography

    Sherrill Milnes is an American dramatic baritone most famous for his Verdi roles. From 1965 until 1997 he was associated with the Metropolitan Opera. His voice is a high dramatic baritone, combining good legato with an incisive rhythmic style. By 1965 he had made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera. His international debuts followed soon thereafter, and Milnes became one of the world's prominent Verdi baritones of the 1970s and 1980s.

  18. Robert D. Ray

    Robert D. Ray
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-2018 (aged 90)
    Enrolled in Drake University
    In 1952 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    In 1954 graduated with Bachelor of Laws in law
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Robert Dolph Ray was an American lawyer and Republican politician. He served as the 38th Governor of Iowa from January 16, 1969 to January 14, 1983.

  19. Matthew Stover

    Matthew Stover
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    writerscience fiction writernovelist
    Biography

    Matthew Woodring Stover is an American fantasy and science fiction novelist. He is most well known for his four Star Wars novels, including the novelization of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He has also written several fantasy novels, including Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon. He has written four science-fiction/fantasy hybrid stories featuring a hero named Caine: Heroes Die, Blade of Tyshalle, and Caine Black Knife, with the most recent, Caine's Law, released April 4, 2012.

  20. Mark Doty

    Mark Doty
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    poet
    Biography

    Mark Doty is an American poet and memoirist best known for his work My Alexandria. He was the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.

  21. Ezra Hendrickson

    Ezra Hendrickson
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Ezra Hendrickson is a Vincentian professional football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire.

  22. Jim Nussle

    Jim Nussle
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    James Allen "Jim" Nussle is an American businessman and retired politician who has been president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association since 2014. A former member of the Republican Party, Nussle served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2007 and was the Republican nominee for the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial election, losing to Democrat Chet Culver, before his appointment as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2007 by President George W. Bush, an office he retained until 2009. On January 6, 2021, Nussle announced he was no longer a member of the Republican Party following the attempted insurrection of the U.S. Capitol.

  23. Adam Gregg

    Adam Gregg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Adam Gregg is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 47th and current Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. He has held this position since 2019. Gregg previously served as Acting Lieutenant Governor from 2017 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, Gregg served as Public Defender of Iowa from 2014 to 2017. He was the Republican candidate for Attorney General of Iowa in the November 2014 elections.

  24. Bob Vander Plaats

    Bob Vander Plaats
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    teacher
    Biography

    Robert Lee Vander Plaats is an American politician and political activist. He is currently the president and CEO of The Family Leader, a social conservative organization. In 2016, he was the National Co-Chair for Ted Cruz for President.

  25. George Cohon

    George Cohon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    George Alan Cohon, is an American-born Canadian businessman who is the founder and senior chairman of McDonald's Canada and McDonald's of Russia.

  26. Dayton Duncan

    Dayton Duncan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    screenwriter
    Biography

    Dayton Duncan is an American screenwriter, producer and former political aide.

  27. Ray Rizzo

    Ray Rizzo
    Years
    1992-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    professional gamer
    Biography

    Raymond Rizzo is a three-time Pokémon Video Game World Champion.

  28. Stephen Rapp

    Stephen Rapp
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Stephen J. Rapp is an American lawyer and the former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice.

  29. Rayvonte Rice

    Rayvonte Rice
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1992-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Rayvonte Rice is an American professional basketball player for the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA G League. He is a guard from Champaign, Illinois who completed his college career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously played at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa from 2010–2012 and transferred after his sophomore season.

  30. Andy McKean

    Andy McKean
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Andrew John McKean is an American politician and retired attorney in the state of Iowa. He represents District 58 in the Iowa House of Representatives. McKean represented District 23 from 1979 to 1983 and District 44 from 1983 to 1993. Afterward, he served in the Iowa Senate, representing District 28 from 1993 to 2003. He served as a supervisor of Jones County from 2003 to 2011. McKean returned to the Iowa House in 2016 after being elected to District 58, defeating Jessica Kean. In 2018, he was reelected, defeating Joe Oclon.

  31. Willie Wise

    Willie Wise
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Willie M. Wise is an American former professional basketball player. After a successful ABA tenure, which eventually resulted in him making the ABA All-Time Team, Wise’s NBA career was ended prematurely by a knee injury.

  32. Bob Netolicky

    Bob Netolicky
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Robert Netolicky is a retired American basketball player. A 6'9" power forward/center, he played professionally in the now–defunct American Basketball Association (ABA) from 1967 to 1976. Netolicky was a four–time ABA All–Star and two–time ABA Champion.

  33. Nate Boulton

    Nate Boulton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Nate Boulton is an American politician currently serving in the Iowa Senate. Boulton, a Democrat, represents the 16th district. Boulton was first elected in 2016 to replace retiring Democratic Senator Dick Dearden.

  34. Merwin Coad

    Merwin Coad
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1924-.. (age 98)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Merwin Coad is a former Democratic U.S. Representative from Iowa's 6th congressional district for six years, serving from January 1957 to January 1963. His election snapped the Republican Party's fourteen-year hold on every U.S. House seat from Iowa. As of 2022, Coad is the earliest-serving living member of the House, having been first elected in 1956.

  35. Felix Wright

    Felix Wright
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    American football playerCanadian football player
    Biography

    Felix Carl Wright, is a former professional American football player who played defensive back from 1985–1992 for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League.

  36. Ron Kouchi

    Ron Kouchi
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ron Kouchi is a Democratic politician and current 14th President of the Hawaiʻi Senate.

  37. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr

    Johnny C. Taylor, Jr
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Johnny Clayton Taylor Jr. is an American lawyer, author, board member and public speaker who is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management. He was previously president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which represents the 47 publicly-supported historically Black colleges and universities in the United States. In February 2018, President Donald Trump appointed Taylor Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is Vice Chair of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and Trustee of Jobs for America’s Graduates. Taylor currently sits on the corporate boards of Guild Education, Internet Collaborative Information Management Systems (ICIMS), and XPO Logistics.

  38. Seth Barnes Nicholson

    Seth Barnes Nicholson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1891-1963 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    astronomer
    Biography

    Seth Barnes Nicholson was an American astronomer. He worked at the Lick observatory in California, and is known for discovering several moons of Jupiter in the 20th century.

  39. Roxanne Conlin

    Roxanne Conlin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Roxanne Barton Conlin is an American lawyer who served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 1977 to 1981. A Democrat, she was a candidate for Governor of Iowa in 1982 and for United States Senate in 2010 but was not elected to either post.

  40. Mark Cady

    Mark Cady
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-2019 (aged 66)
    Occupations
    judge
    Biography

    Mark Steven Cady was an American jurist. He served on the Iowa Supreme Court for 21 years from 1998 to 2019. From 2011 to 2019, he was the chief justice of the court. He was the author of the court's opinion in Varnum v. Brien, which legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.

  41. Ann Williams

    Ann Williams
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Ann M. Williams is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives who has represented the 11th District since 2011. The district includes the Chicago neighborhoods of West Lakeview, Roscoe Village and North Center, as well as parts of Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square.

  42. Linda R. Reade

    Linda R. Reade
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Linda Rae Reade is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

  43. Dominik Olejniczak

    Dominik Olejniczak
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1996-.. (age 26)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Dominik Olejniczak is a Polish professional basketball player for BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball for the Drake Bulldogs, the Ole Miss Rebels and the Florida State Seminoles.

  44. Jack Hatch

    Jack Hatch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jack G. Hatch is a former Iowa State Senator and American business owner. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Iowa in the 2014 election. A Democrat, Hatch served in the Iowa Senate from 2003 to 2015, and was an assistant majority leader. Prior to his election to the Iowa Senate, Hatch served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993 and 2001 to 2003.

  45. Jack Whitver

    Jack Whitver
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    American football playerpolitician
    Biography

    Jack Whitver is an American businessman and politician, who is currently the Iowa State Senator for the 19th District. Since 2018 he has served as Senate Majority Leader. Whitver played college football for Iowa State University, starting at wide receiver.

  46. Linda Upmeyer

    Linda Upmeyer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Linda L. Upmeyer is an American politician who served in the Iowa House of Representatives from the 54th district from 2003 to 2021 and as the Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2016 to 2020. She was the first female Speaker in Iowa's history. She received her BSN from the University of Iowa and her MSN from Drake University. On August 19, 2015, Upmeyer was elected by the members of the Iowa House of Representatives Republican majority to serve as the Speaker of the House. Upmeyer's father Del Stromer served as Speaker from 1981–82.

  47. Carla Nelson

    Carla Nelson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Carla J. Nelson is an American politician from Minnesota who is a member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, she represents District 26, which includes parts of Olmsted County in the southeastern part of the state.

  48. Guy Gillette

    Guy Gillette
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1879-1973 (aged 94)
    Enrolled in Drake University
    Studied in 1900
    Occupations
    lawyerprosecutorpolitician
    Biography

    Guy Mark Gillette was an American politician serving as a Democratic U.S. Representative and Senator from Iowa. In the U.S. Senate, Gillette was elected, re-elected, defeated, elected again, and defeated again.

  49. Jessie Taft

    Jessie Taft
    Years
    1882-1960 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    social worker
    Biography

    J. Jessie Taft (June 24, 1882 in Dubuque, Iowa – June 7, 1960 in Flourtown, Pennsylvania) was an American philosopher and an early authority on child placement and therapeutic adoption. Educated at the University of Chicago, she spent the bulk of her professional life at the University of Pennsylvania, where she and Virginia Robinson were the co-founders and innovators of the functional approach to social work. Taft is the author of The Dynamics of Therapy in a Controlled Relationship (1933). She is also remembered for her work as the translator and biographer of Otto Rank, an outcast disciple of Sigmund Freud; in addition, development of the functional approach to social work was greatly inspired by her work with Rank. She and her lifelong companion, Virginia Robinson, adopted and raised two children.

  50. Willie McCarter

    Willie McCarter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    basketball coachbasketball player
    Biography

    Willie J. McCarter is an American retired basketball player. He was a 6'3" (1.90 m) 175 lb (79 kg) guard. He played at Drake University, averaging 19.9 ppg in three seasons. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 12th pick in the 1969 NBA draft, and played three seasons with the Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.

  51. Janet Petersen

    Janet Petersen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Janet Petersen is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Iowa Senate representing the 18th District since January 2013. She currently serves as the Senate Minority Leader and has previously represented the 64th district in the Iowa House of Representatives between 2001 and 2013. She received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA from Drake University.

  52. Robert E. Cowan

    Robert E. Cowan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    photographerlawyerjudge
    Biography

    Robert E. Cowen is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit based in Philadelphia. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Cowen has served in the federal judiciary since 1978.

  53. Dennis McKnight

    Dennis McKnight
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Dennis Neal McKnight is an American football coach and former guard who is currently the offensive line coach at Washington State University. He played in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, and the Philadelphia Eagles. McKnight played college football at Drake University.

  54. Wayne Kreklow

    Wayne Kreklow
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Wayne R. Kreklow is an American volleyball coach and former professional basketball player. Kreklow won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 1981. He was the women's volleyball coach at the University of Missouri from 2005 through the 2018 season. Kreklow retired in July 2019.

  55. Jeff Lamberti

    Jeff Lamberti
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Jeffrey M. Lamberti is a former Republican Senate leader and two term state senator representing the 35th District of the Iowa Senate, and served two terms as State Representative. In the 2006 mid-term election, Lamberti was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Iowa's 3rd congressional district, losing to incumbent Democrat Leonard Boswell in a hotly contested race. Lamberti received 46% of the vote to Boswell's 52%. He was succeeded in the Iowa Senate by Republican Larry Noble.

  56. Ed Fallon

    Ed Fallon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ed Fallon is an American activist, politician, talk show host, and author. He is an American politician from the State of Iowa. He was previously a Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa and the U.S. Congress, and served as a member of the Iowa General Assembly from 1993 to 2006.

  57. Wendy J. Olson

    Wendy J. Olson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Wendy J. Olson is an American lawyer who served as a United States attorney for the District of Idaho from 2010 to 2017. She was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama, replacing Thomas E. Moss. As one of 93 United States attorneys, she represented the government in all civil and criminal cases within her district.

  58. Neal Edward Smith

    Neal Edward Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1920-2021 (aged 101)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Neal Edward Smith was an American politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives for the Democratic Party from Iowa from 1959 until 1995, the longest-serving Iowan in the United States House of Representatives.

  59. Megan Hess

    Megan Hess
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Megan Jones is an American politician from Iowa. Jones is a Republican member of Iowa House of Representatives from District 2 since 2013.

  60. Robert D. Blue

    Robert D. Blue
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1898-1989 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Robert Donald Blue was the 30th Governor of Iowa from 1945 to 1949.

  61. Jeff Halliburton

    Jeff Halliburton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Jeffrey Halliburton is an American former basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for two seasons. He is the cousin of Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

  62. Miriam Weiner

    Miriam Weiner
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    researcherwritercolumnistarchivistgenealogist
    Biography

    Miriam Weiner is an American genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in the research of Jewish roots in Poland and the former Soviet Union. Weiner is considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary Jewish genealogy through her work to open up archives and is described as a trail-blazing, highly respected guide and leading authority on archival holdings and resources in pre-war Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine.

  63. Michael S. Bennett

    Michael S. Bennett
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Michael S. Bennett is an American politician from Florida who is a member of the Republican Party. He served as a member of the Florida Senate representing the 21st District from 2002 to 2012. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2001 to 2002.

  64. Tarryl Clark

    Tarryl Clark
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Tarryl Lynn Clark is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate. A Democrat, she represented District 15, including portions of Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties, from 2006 to 2011. She was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nominee for United States Congress in 2010, unsuccessfully challenging incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann.

  65. Kevin McCarthy

    Kevin McCarthy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in Drake University
    Graduated with Juris Doctor
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kevin M. McCarthy is an American Democratic legislator who served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 until 2013 and, for his last two years there, was the House Minority Leader. McCarthy was born, raised, and resides in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his B.A. from Wartburg College and his J.D. from Drake University.

  66. Wayne Ford

    Wayne Ford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Wayne W. Ford is the Iowa State Representative from the 65th District. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 1997.

  67. Bucky O'Connor

    Bucky O'Connor
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-1958 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    basketball coachhead coach
    Biography

    Frank "Bucky" O'Connor was a college men's basketball coach. He was the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team from 1949 to 1958. Born in Monroe, Iowa, O'Connor spent much of his early life playing golf, as his parents managed a country club. O'Connor attended and played basketball at Newton High School and Drake University; he became team captain in his senior year of college despite his slight frame and bad eyesight. After graduating, he coached at Boone High School and Harrisburg High School. When the United States entered World War II, O'Connor joined the United States Army Air Corps, serving in Japan and climbing to the rank of captain.

  68. Cassius C. Dowell

    Cassius C. Dowell
    Years
    1864-1940 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Cassius Clay Dowell was a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa. He served from 1915 to 1935, and again from 1937 until his death in 1940, with the interregnum caused by an unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 1934.

  69. Peter Cownie

    Peter Cownie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Peter Cownie is a Republican who was the Iowa State Representative from the 42nd District from 2009 to 2019. Cownie was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and resides in West Des Moines, Iowa. He has a B.A. in American government from the University of Virginia and a Master's of Public Administration with an emphasis in public policy from Drake University.

  70. Al Stewart

    Al Stewart
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Al Stewart is an American professional basketball player for the Moncton Magic of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL).

  71. Elesha Gayman

    Elesha Gayman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970s
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Elesha Gayman is a former Iowa State Representative from the 84th District. She served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. Gayman serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the Agriculture committee; the Appropriations committee; the Education committee; and the Public Safety committee. She is vice-chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

  72. Rick Mathews

    Rick Mathews
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Rick Ray Mathews is an American professional baseball scout for the Colorado Rockies and the former (1993; 1995; 2003–2008) bullpen coach for the club.

  73. Carl W. Hoffman

    Carl W. Hoffman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1919-2016 (aged 97)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Carl William Hoffman was a decorated United States Marine Corps major general. He is most noted for his service with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines during World War II or later as commanding general of III Marine Amphibious Force during Operation Frequent Wind.

  74. Tony Bisignano

    Tony Bisignano
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Tony Bisignano is an American politician and state senator from the state of Iowa.

  75. Brian Lohse

    Brian Lohse
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Brian K. Lohse is an American attorney and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2018, succeeding Zach Nunn in District 30. Prior to his state legislative service, Lohse sat on the city council of Bondurant, Iowa, for eight years.

  76. Jo Oldson

    Jo Oldson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jo Oldson is the Iowa State Representative from the 41st District. A Democrat, she has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2003. Oldson was born and raised in Eagle Grove, Iowa and resides in Des Moines. She received her BA and JD from Drake University.

  77. Hubert Utterback

    Hubert Utterback
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1880-1942 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    university teacherjudgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Hubert Utterback served very briefly on the Iowa Supreme Court, then was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, serving only one term.

  78. Brian Meyer

    Brian Meyer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Brian Meyer is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Iowa. A member of the Democratic Party, Meyer serves in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 33rd district. He previously served on the Des Moines, Iowa City Council.

  79. Robert Dana

    Robert Dana
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-2010 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    poet
    Biography

    Robert Dana was an American poet, who taught writing and English literature at Cornell College and many other schools, revived The North American Review and served as its editor during the years 1964–1968, and was the poet laureate for the State of Iowa from 2004 to 2008.

  80. Steve Warnstadt

    Steve Warnstadt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Steven Henning "Steve" Warnstadt was the Iowa State Senator from the 1st District. A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa Senate from 2003 until 2011. He received his BA from Drake University and his MA from Temple University, and is serving as an adjunct instructor with Western Iowa Tech Community College and as an intelligence officer with the Iowa Army National Guard.

  81. Sandy Salmon

    Sandy Salmon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sandy Salmon is an American politician, military veteran, and farm manager. Salmon is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives from District 63 since 2013.

  82. Joe Crail

    Joe Crail
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1877-1938 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Joe Crail was a United States Representative from California. He was born in Fairfield, Iowa. He attended the public schools and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1898.

  83. Ronald K. McMullen

    Ronald K. McMullen
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Ronald Keith McMullen is an American foreign service officer and a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea 2007–10.

  84. Ralph Watts

    Ralph Watts
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ralph C. Watts is the Iowa State Representative from the 19th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2003. He received his BS from the University of Wyoming and did MBA work at Drake University and at Creighton University.

  85. Red Murrell

    Red Murrell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2017 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Phillip Ray "Red" Murrell was an American basketball player, best known for his college career at Drake University.

  86. Daryl Beall

    Daryl Beall
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Daryl Beall is an American politician. He was the Iowa State Senator from the 5th District. A Democrat, he served in the Iowa Senate from 2003 to 2015, in Iowa Senate district 25 before Iowa's 2012 redistricting. He received his A.A. from Iowa Central Community College, his B.A. from Buena Vista University, and his MPA from Drake University.

  87. Jerry Mertens

    Jerry Mertens
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-.. (age 86)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Jerome W. "Jerry" Mertens is a former American football cornerback who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers.

  88. Paul Brechler

    Paul Brechler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1911-1997 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    sporting director
    Biography

    Paul W. Brechler was an athletic director for the University of Iowa for 13 years and the first commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference.

  89. Joe Mitchell

    Joe Mitchell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1997-.. (age 25)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Joe Mitchell is an American politician from the state of Iowa. He was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2018. Sworn in at the age of 21, he was the youngest member to ever be elected to the Iowa House. Mitchell is previously a student at Drake University.

  90. Erik Helland

    Erik Helland
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Erik Helland is a lawyer and a former Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives. He represented the 69th district, which includes Grimes, Johnston, Polk City, Saylorville, Alleman, Elkhart, and parts of Sheldahl, from 2009 to 2013. He was the state director for Tim Pawlenty's 2012 presidential campaign in Iowa.

  91. Eric Palmer

    Eric Palmer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Eric J. Palmer is a former Iowa State Representative from the 75th District. A Democrat, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011.

  92. Duane Miller

    Duane Miller
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    gridiron football player
    Biography

    Duane Miller is a former college and professional football player. He holds nine Drake University football records, many which have withstood the test of time. Miller's career at Drake (1966–1970) included record-breaking performances on offense, defense, punt returns and kickoff returns. He was selected for the Drake Football All-Century Team.

  93. Libby Jacobs

    Libby Jacobs
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Libby Swanson Jacobs is a former Iowa State Representative from the 60th District.

  94. Tami Wiencek

    Tami Wiencek
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960s
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Tami Wiencek is a former member of the Iowa legislature, representing the 21st District in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009.

  95. Matt Nickell

    Matt Nickell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Matt Nickell is an American soccer player, who last played forward for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

  96. Lynn King

    Lynn King
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1907-1972 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Lynn Paul King was a Major League Baseball player from 1935 to 1936 and in 1939. King was born in Villisca, Iowa and died in Atlantic, Iowa.

  97. Eugene Claremont Sanderson

    Eugene Claremont Sanderson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1859-1940 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    pastorcivil servantteacher
    Biography

    Eugene C. Sanderson was an American Christian minister and educator who founded Eugene Divinity School (EDS) in Eugene, Oregon in 1895. Today this school is known as Bushnell University. He served as its first president from 1895 to 1930. He also founded four other Christian colleges and one hospital.

  98. Alfred J. Pearson

    Alfred J. Pearson
    Born in
    Sweden Flag Sweden
    Years
    1869-1939 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Alfred J. Pearson was a Swedish born-American educator and diplomat.

  99. Rick Olson

    Rick Olson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rick L. Olson is the Iowa State Representative from the 31st District. A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2005. Olson was born, raised, and resides in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Grandview College and received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from Drake University.

  100. Lloyd Garrett

    Lloyd Garrett
    Years
    1886-1966 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    composersongwriterlyricist
    Biography

    Lloyd Fry Garrett was a tenor in vaudeville and musical comedy as well as a composer and lyricist.