GOP: Meet Our Members – Gary Worthan

June 9, 2016

Gary Worthan

Representative Gary Worthan just finished serving his fifth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 11th District which includes Sac City and Storm Lake.

Rep. Worthan serves as the Chairman of the Judicial Branch and Justice Systems budget subcommittees.  Additionally, he serves on the Appropriations, Public Safety, and Transportation committees.

Gary was born in Storm Lake in 1954 and grew up in Truesdale which is just north of Storm Lake. He graduated from Albert City/Truedale High School.

Worthan has served in various capacities within the Farm Bureau, and has an Associate’s Degree in Farm Operations from Iowa State University. He is a 4th generation family farmer. His Great-grandfather purchased the land that he farms in 1878 from the railroad.

Gary and his wife Jan have been married for over 40 years and they have three sons, and five grandsons.  Ryan is a Lt. Colonel in the US Army and has been on five combat deployments and has been awarded three Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. Gabe works on the farm and manages the family trucking business with Gary.  Shannon is a Major in the 3rd Ranger Battalion in the US Army and served on four combat deployments.  He was awarded the Bronze Star during his last deployment in Iraq.

He and his wife, Jan, started a military family support group several years ago when their oldest son was first deployed. The group had as many as 40 members that met regularly.

To contact Gary, you can email him at


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