Party Leadership & Staff

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Dr. Andy McGuire


An active Democrat for decades, Dr. Andy McGuire has spent her career in the field of health care, first as a practicing physician and medical researcher, and, after earning her MBA, as a health care executive. Most recently, McGuire served as President of Meridian Health, a company she led from zero to over 50,000 members across 44 counties in Iowa, doubling immunization rates, and increasing access to prenatal care.

Andy’s involvement and support of the Democratic Party goes back long way in Iowa, but she got her first taste of active, elective politics in 1994, when she helped organize her sister-in-law, Sheila McGuire’s bid for congress in the old 5th District of Iowa. In 2006, Dr. McGuire ran for Lieutenant Governor of Iowa alongside Democrat Mike Blouin. They were unsuccessful in the primary, but Andy continued to be extremely active in Democratic politics. She was elected Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in January 2015 and in March she stepped down as President of Meridian Health to devote herself full-time to the Iowa Democratic Party. Dr. McGuire will oversee the 2016 First-in-the-Nation Caucuses, as well as the efforts of Iowa Democrats in the 2016 General Election.

Dr. McGuire has served on multiple boards and charities focusing on health care, education, economic development and the arts. Currently, Dr. McGuire is Chair of the University of Iowa College of Public Heatlh Board of Advisors, she serves on the Des Moines Civic Center Board of Directors. Dr. McGuire was also a board member of the Des Moines Partnership, and she was a Founding Member of the Women’s Leadership Connection for United Way of Central Iowa.

In 2005, Dr. McGuire received the Iowa Business Record’s Women of Influence award for her professional and personal contributions outside of her profession.

Dr. McGuire received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Medical Doctorate from Creighton University. McGuire earned a Masters of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.

Andy is a life-long Iowan. Originally from Waterloo, she has lived in Des Moines for over 25 years. Andy and her husband, Dr. Dan McGuire, an orthopedic spine surgeon, have seven children ranging in ages from 18-28.

Danny Homan

1st Vice Chair

Danny Homan HeadshotDanny Homan was elected 1st Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in October 2015. Homan is currently serving his sixth term as the President of AFSCME Iowa Council 61. From 1988 to 2005, Homan served as a Union representative serving AFSCME members in Northwest Iowa. Homan proudly served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1973 as an Atomic Weapons Specialist.

Jean Pardee

2nd Vice Chair

Jean 2014 Hall of Fame Ver 2Jean Pardee was elected 2nd Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party in January 2015. Jean has resided in Clinton, Iowa, since 1967. She received her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa–formerly known as State College of Iowa–and later received her masters in teaching from Western Illinois. In 2001, she retired from teaching at Clinton Middle school. Jean is a deeply committed Iowa Democrat, currently serving in her 16th year as Chair of the Clinton County Democrats, and having previously chaired the 1st District Democrats for 30 years.

Omar Padilla

3rd Vice Chair

Omar PadillaOmar Padilla was elected as 3rd Vice Chair of the IDP in January 2015. He is a first generation Latin-American and the son of working class immigrant parents. Omar was the first person in his family to go to college. His work experience has allowed him the opportunity to travel extensively around Iowa and gain a first-hand understanding of the most pressing needs for the Latino community. Omar’s introduction to politics came as a member of Senator Tom Harkin’s staff. Omar believes that for Latinos, becoming involved in politics is no longer an option; it is a responsibility. As a result of this reality Omar agreed to partner with Rob Barron to create the Latino Political Network.


Ben Foecke
Executive Director, IDP

Melissa Watson
Chief Financial Officer

Monica Biddix
Communications Director

Mike Frosolone
House Caucus Director

Amber Morrow
Senate Campaign Director


Tamyra Harrison
Polk County Executive Director

Julianne Klampe
Political Director

Davis Manoushagian
IDP Deputy Finance Director

Erika Bartlett
IDP Finance and Operations Director

Andrew Nelson
House Field Director

Sean Herring
Senate Field Director



Eva Mitchell 
Data Director

Roy Pagans
Deputy Operations Director

Adam Beaves
House Deputy Caucus Director

Zach Engstrom
Senate Finance Director