Greg Ganske

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Greg Ganske
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byNeal Edward Smith
Succeeded bySteve King (Redistricting)
Personal details
John Greg Ganske

(1949-03-31) March 31, 1949 (age 70)
New Hampton, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Corrine Mikkelson Ganske
Alma materUniversity of Iowa

John Greg Ganske (born March 31, 1949) is an American politician from Iowa. He began a career as a plastic surgeon, but went on to serve as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

Life and career[edit]

Ganske was born in New Hampton, Iowa, to parents Victor and Mary Jo Ganske, and he graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in political science in 1972. In 1976, Ganske graduated from the University of Iowa medical school, where he met and married his wife, Corrine Mikkelson. Ganske worked as a plastic surgeon in Des Moines until he challenged veteran Democratic Congressman Neal Smith in 1994. Ganske campaigned in a cream 1958 DeSoto (Smith having won his first congressional race in that year), playing songs from that era. Ganske was also helped by the 1990s round of redistricting. Smith had previously represented a district that was more or less coextensive with the Des Moines metropolitan area, but redistricting had pushed it into southwestern Iowa, an area Smith did not know and that did not know him. In one of the biggest upsets in recent congressional history, Ganske defeated Smith by six points, largely by running up large margins in southwestern Iowa.

Ganske was nearly defeated for reelection in 1996, but was reelected with little difficulty in 1998 and 2000. He was considered a relatively moderate Republican, which played well in a district dominated by traditionally Democratic Des Moines.

After the 2000 round of redistricting, much of the 4th district was shifted into the 5th district, which created a district that covered all of western Iowa. However, Ganske's home city of Des Moines was drawn into the 3rd district, represented by Democrat Leonard Boswell. Rather than running for reelection, Ganske ran for the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Tom Harkin. He easily won the Republican nomination, but lost to Harkin by 10 points. Following that election, he resumed his practice in Des Moines.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Greg Ganske (id: G000041)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Neal Edward Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Succeeded by
Tom Latham