Deidre DeJear

Career:Iowa Campaign Chair, 2019
Education:B.A., Drake University

Deidre DeJear was the Democratic nominee for governor of Iowa in 2022, losing to incumbent Kim Reynolds in the general election. She is the founder of Vision Leads, a nonprofit organization fostering civic engagement.

DeJear was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to Oklahoma as a child. She attended Drake University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. In 2005 DeJear cofounded the nonprofit Back 2 School Iowa and in 2008 she started her business consulting firm, Caleo Enterprises. In 2019 she joined the board of the nonprofit organization Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and became vice president of the board. DeJear participated in Barak Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012 and was the Iowa campaign chair for Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign in 2020.

In 2018, DeJear ran for Iowa secretary of state, losing to incumbent Paul Pate in the general election. She was the first African American woman in Iowa to be nominated by a major political party for a statewide office.

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