Meet Our Members – Jack Drake

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Representative Jack Drake is currently serving his twelfth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 21st District, which includes Atlantic, Creston, and Corning.

Rep. Drake is the Chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, and State Government committees.

Jack was born on July 29, 1934, in Walnut, Iowa. His father, Wallace, and mother, Arlene, were both farmers. He attended grade school at Lincoln #2 Country School in Walnut and graduated from Atlantic High School. Following graduation, he attended the University of Iowa.

In 1954, he married his wife, Shirley, and together they have raised four children – three of which still live in SW Iowa. The fourth lives in Nevada, Iowa. Jack and Shirley have eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren

Jack attends Griswold United Methodist Church. He is the Chair of the Finance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee.  He is a former Sunday school teacher

Currently, Jack is Board Secretary of the Walnut Telephone Company. In addition, he is an active member of the Corn Growers Association, Soybean Association, NFIB, and Iowa Farm Bureau.

He is a former Board Member of the Pottawattamie County Zoning Board; the former President of the East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau; and the former President of the Pottawattamie County Extension Council. Jack has been active in 4-H and served as a leader of the organization at one time.

To contact Jack, you can email him at