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Government Positions Banned from Political Activities

 

These statutes are not under the Board's jurisdiction and are not enforced by the Board. This information is being provided as a service only. This is not intended to be an inclusive list. Refer to the Code of Iowa for all official information.

Rule 351-1.4 Members and staff of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board

IC § 2A.1(4) Legislative Service Agency

The director and all other employees of the legislative services agency shall not participate in partisan political activities and shall not be identified as advocates or opponents of issues subject to legislative debate except as otherwise provided by law or by the legislative council.

IC § 8A.102 Department of Administrative Services

The director shall not be a member of any local, state, or national committee of a political party, an officer or member of a committee in any partisan political club or organization, or hold or be a candidate for a paid elective public office.  The director is subject to the restrictions on political activity as provided in section 8A.416

IC § 16.7(1) Iowa Finance Authority

The executive director shall not directly or indirectly exert influence to induce any other officers or employees of the state to adopt a political view, or to favor a political candidate for office.

IC § 16A.5 Economic Protective and Investment Authority

The executive director shall not, directly or indirectly, exert influence to induce other officers or employees of the state to adopt a political view, or to favor a political candidate for office.

IC § 16A.5 Economic Protective and Investment Authority - Executive director--staff

1. The governor, subject to confirmation by the senate, shall appoint an executive director of the authority, who shall serve a four-year term at the pleasure of the governor . . . . The executive director shall not, directly or indirectly, exert influence to induce other officers or employees of the state to adopt a political view, or to favor a political candidate for office.

IC § 20.5(1) Public Employment Relations Board 

.…[N]o member shall engage in any political activity while holding office…. 

IC § 29C.16(2) Emergency Management

Any employee of an organization for emergency management shall not become a candidate for any partisan elective office.(Organizations of emergency management are also prohibited from certain political activities under IC 29C.16)

IC § 80.2 Department of Public Safety

The commissioner shall not engage in any other trade, business, or profession, nor engage in any partisan or political activity.

IC § 80E.1 Drug Policy Coordinator 

The coordinator shall not engage in political activity while holding the office.

IC § 86.4 Division of Workers’ Compensation

It shall be unlawful for the commissioner or a chief deputy workers’ compensation commissioner to espouse the election or appointment of any candidate to any political office….

IC § 97B.3 IPERS CEO   

The chief executive officer shall not be a member of a political committee, participate in a political campaign, or be a candidate for a partisan elective office, and shall not contribute to a political campaign fund….

IC § 996.2(3) IOWA LOTTERY AUTHORITY

The lottery games shall be operated and managed in a manner that provides continuing entertainment to the public, maximizes revenues, and ensures that the lottery is operated with integrity and dignity and free from political influence.

IC § 123.17 Alcoholic Beverage Control

Commission members, officers, and employees of the division shall not, while holding such office or position . . . directly or indirectly, use their office or employment to influence, persuade, or induce any other officer, employee, or person to adopt their political views or to favor any particular candidate for an elective or appointive public office; nor, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept, in any manner or way, any money or other thing of value for any person seeking an elective or appointive public office, or to any political party or any group of persons seeking to become a political party.

IC § 175.7(2) Agricultural Development and Marketing  

The executive director shall not, directly or indirectly, exert influence to induce any other officers or employees of the state to adopt a political view, or to favor a political candidate for office.

IC § 217.5 Department of Human Services 

The director shall not engage in political activity while holding this position.

IC § 307.11 Department of Transportation  

The director shall not…serve on or under a committee of a political party, or contribute to the campaign fund of any person or political party.

IC § 421.1A Property assessment appeal board –General Counsel

General counsel shall not be a member of a political committee, contribute to a political campaign, participate in a political campaign, or be a candidate for partisan political office. 

IC § 421.3 Department of Revenue 

The director…shall not serve on or under any committee of any political party or contribute to the campaign fund of any person or political party. 

IC § 474.10 General Counsel of Utilities Board

During employment the counsel shall not be a member of a political committee, contribute to a political campaign fund…, participate in a political campaign, or be a candidate for a political office.

IC §  475A.1(4) Consumer Advocate (appointed by attorney general)

The advocate shall not be a member of a political committee or contribute to a political campaign fund…or take part in political campaigns or be a candidate for a political office. 

IC § 904.107 Department of Corrections

The director shall not be a member of a political committee, participate in a political campaign, be a candidate for a partisan elective office, and shall not contribute to a political campaign fund…..  The director shall not hold any other office under federal or state law….