In 2014, State Senator Chaz Allen was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate. He represents much of Jasper and eastern Polk counties.
Senator Allen is ranking member on the Commerce Committee. He also serves on the Local Government and Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the Economic Development Budget.
Chaz served as mayor of Newton from 2004-2012. He is the owner of Jorlen Welding in Newton and also serves as executive director of the Jasper County Economic Development Corp. He previously worked for Great Western Bank, Iowa Telecom, MCIWorldcom and Hy-Vee.
Chaz’s extensive civic involvement has included Newton Development Corp., Prairie City Economic Development Corp., Mid Iowa Development Fund, Newton Rotary International, Gov. Terry Branstad’s Commercial Property Tax Review Committee, Task Force for Infrastructure & Transportation under Gov. Chet Culver’s Rebuild Iowa Office, Newton Mayor Dave Aldridge’s Blue Ribbon Governance Task Force and the Iowa League of Cities.
Chaz grew up in Chariton and graduated from Chariton High School. He attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international business.
Chaz and his wife, Teri, live in Newton with their two daughters, Morgan, 18, and Madeline, 15.