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November 29th, 2012

Quirky: Democrat State Representative Resigns Three Weeks After Getting Re-elected

By Craig Robinson

Three weeks after being elected to a sixth tern in the Iowa House, State Representative Brian Quirk is resigning his seat and giving no explanation why he’s leaving. Quirk represents House District 52 in northeast Iowa. Quirk’s bizarre move means that there will be a special election to fill his vacated seat during the legislative session.

Quirk was one of the more moderate Democrats serving in the Iowa House. He broke with Democrat leadership and voted for an Amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He also broke with his party to oppose legislation that would have ended federal deductibility, and he voted against a number of pro-union bills.

House District 52 has a solid Democrat registered voter advantage. Democrats out number Republicans in the District 6,798 to 5,475. Quirk’s voting record made it difficult for Republicans to make a strong case against him, now Republicans have an opportunity to gain a seat if they can find a strong candidate. Since the district is largely rural and President Obama is not on the ballot, Quirk’s resignation presents Speaker Kraig Paulsen with an opportunity to gain back one of the seven seats that he lost on November 6th.

Republicans and Democrats are already in the midst of a special election that was triggered when State Senator Pat Ward passed away just weeks before the general election. That race will be decided on December 11th. Quirk’s resignation means that the campaign season will now stretch into 2013.

Quirk did not draw a Republican opponent in 2012. He easily defeated independent candidate Craig Clark with 72 percent of the vote.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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