Andy McKean represents Jones, Jackson and Dubuque counties in the legislature. Andy is a husband, father, grandfather and retired attorney from Jones County. Andy and his wife, Connie, have been married for 36 years. They live on an acreage on the edge of Anamosa, where Andy is a member of the Jones County Bar Association, attends the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and calls square dances with his band, the Scotch Grove Pioneers. In his spare time, Andy enjoys gardening and taking care of the couple’s property; reading about history, politics and culture; hiking; and playing music at home and for community functions. Andy and Connie are the parents of one son and three daughters, and have three young granddaughters.
In his nine terms in the Iowa House and three terms in the Senate, Andy has prioritized bipartisan problem solving that has put him in leadership positions, including serving as Senate President Pro Tem and Judiciary Committee Chair. He recently served as the House Ethics Committee Chair in the 88th General Assembly.
Andy also served as a Jones County Supervisor from 2003 to 2011, and was appointed to the Iowa Public Information Board by Governor Branstad in 2012, serving until his return to the Legislature for the 87th General Assembly in 2017. Andy’s great grandfather, Judge John McKean, also represented Jones County in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate.
Andy was most recently the longest serving Republican in the state legislature, until he made the decision to change political parties and join the minority caucus. He was led to this decision by his deep concerns about the direction of the Republican Party under the leadership of Donald Trump, as well as his own opposition to several notable Republican legislative initiatives since his return to the Iowa House in January of 2017.