Senator Zach Whiting is serving his first term representing Iowa Senate District 1. He was unopposed in the 2018 General Election and received 21,167 votes, the second most of any legislative candidate on the ballot in the State of Iowa. He won the Republican primary on June 5 with over 62% of the vote, winning every county and 47/49 precincts district-wide. He is proud to represent the great people of Lyon, Osceola, Clay, Dickinson, and Palo Alto Counties. 

A native of Spirit Lake, Zach is a fifth-generation Northwest Iowan whose family has deep roots in agriculture, education, and community and public service. His parents are Bryon and Cyndie Whiting of Spirit Lake. Bryon works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Cyndie is a stay at home mom.  His grandparents are Bill and Sharon Whiting of Ruthven and Ron and Jo Ann Hendricks of Rockwell City.  Bill is a retired school teacher who continues to substitute teach and referee local high school athletics.  Jo Ann recently retired after many years on the city council in Rockwell City, and Ron and his family have farmed in rural Calhoun County for decades. 


Zach has been married to his wife, Juliana, for seven years and they have two children.   

Zach graduated from Spirit Lake High School in May 2006.  After graduation he accepted a scholarship to attend Stetson University.  He graduated from Stetson in May 2010, summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. 


After graduating from college, Zach ran for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, narrowly losing the Republican primary by 55 votes. 


After the election, Zach worked as the Northwest Iowa Field Director for the Republican Party of Iowa before attending law school.  He graduated from the Regent University School of Law in May 2014 with a Juris Doctor degree.  During law school he worked as a Law Clerk at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).  He served as Articles Editor of a law review and had a constitutional law article published in a faith-based law journal.  He was also a Renoud Family Constitutional Law Scholar and a member of the Law School Honor Council. 


Zach is proud to live, work, and raise his family in Northwest Iowa.  He feels called to serve others through public service, which is why he is honored to serve you in the Iowa Senate.  


I am a full-spectrum, constitutional conservative who will fight hard for the people of District 1.  I will fight hard for the people of Northwest Iowa because I am a fifth-generation Northwest Iowan. 


I will serve as your voice for a better Iowa—fighting to lower taxes and spending, reducing burdensome regulations, growing the economy and creating good paying jobs for all Iowans, supporting farmers and the agriculture industry, protecting our valuable natural resources, supporting high quality education and school choice, and promoting traditional family values.