Meet Our Members – Joel Fry


Representative Joel Fry just finished serving his third term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 27th District, which includes Chariton, Osceola, Leon and Corydon.

Rep. Fry serves as the Whip for the House Republican caucus, and also sits on the Administration & Rules, Education, Human Resources, Labor, and Public Safety committees.


Joel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College in Indianola and later earned his Master of Social Work and Aging Studies from the University of Iowa. He has dedicated many years to being a social worker, working with patients and families in their end life care. He has worked for Hospice of Central Iowa as well as Weatherbee Resources, where he served as a consultant. Fry teaches at Simpson College.

Joel comes from a long line of small business owners and currently he and his wife own and operate Team Restoration Ministries, which they founded in 2005. They work with individuals, couples and families through counseling and therapy. He is a licensed Independent Social Worker.

Joel’s wife, Heather, also owns and operates To the Beat Dance Studio in rural Clarke County. She is also a licensed elementary educator and serves as a consultant for homeschool families. Both Joel and heather volunteer with a number of marriage initiatives on the local, state, and national level. Joel and Heather have 9 children, and have been foster parents to 9 other children. The family resides in rural Clarke County.

To contact Joel, you can email him at