Iowa Starting Line is a news site devoted to bringing readers breaking news, in-depth analysis, and general coverage of Iowa Caucus and Iowa political news. Founded in January of 2015 by Pat Rynard, Starting Line works to provide a unique take on the Iowa political scene that others may not be covering. The Iowa Daily Democrat team was incorporated into our effort in mid-2016.

Pat Rynard is a former Democratic campaign staffer who has lived in Iowa for the past 12 years. Rynard chose to attend Drake University in order to move to Iowa and get involved in the caucuses. In his first month as a freshman he got to drive John Kerry around the state, which quickly enamored him to the ease in which you can get involved in the state. He later went on to work for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and has worked on a number of state legislative races in field and management roles, including serving as the statewide field director for the Senate Majority Fund.

Rynard lives in West Des Moines with his wife, their daughter and puppy.

For more, see our Welcome Post

10 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Hey Pat,
    Thanks for starting this site. Looking forward to more great content. We’ve shared it with our followers on Facebook @UrbandaleDemocrats
    Kris Winter
    Co-Chair Urbandale Democrats

  2. Where is the word “democrat’s” iowastartingline.com. It needs to be added instead of deceiving us into believing is is not biased and one sided. You know, transparent.

  3. I’m looking forward to coming to my third volunteer experience with the Iowa caucus: Gore in ’00, Edwards in ’08, and O’Malley this time.I I love the friendliness, the intense engagement and even the cold. Carlyle

  4. Pat, Very glad to have discovered IA SL and the excellent profiles of seriously skilled up and coming citizen-servants. As an observer of how local informal relationship building in NC from 2012-2016 shifted the state from red to blue, I urge you to share this item with new NDP chair Perez. Thank You for your efforts! GGM

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