Daryl Beall was elected in 2010 to his third four-year term in the Iowa Senate. He represents the people of Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas and Webster counties.
Senator Beall is chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, vice-chair of the Transportation Committee and vice-chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Budget Subcommittee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Commerce and Education committees, and is vice chair of the Joint House-Senate International Relations Committee. He is a commissioner with the Education Commission of the States, an interstate compact.
Beall was born in Fort Dodge and grew up near the Calhoun County town of Somers. He attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, where he earned his associate degree and served as student body president. He earned a B.A. in political science from Buena Vista University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University. He was a Taft Fellow at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.
Beall taught political science courses at Urbandale High School, where he created and directed the Government Intern program in which students worked for state legislators. He earned the Teacher’s Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for his innovative teaching style. He later was twice elected to the Fort Dodge School Board.
Beall managed his family-owned furniture business in Fort Dodge and was president of the Downtown Retailers Association. He also served as president of the Interfaith Forum, the Kiwanis Club, and as a board member of the Child Abuse Council, and the alcoholism treatment center. Beall is a member of the Kiwanis Club and Trinity United Methodist Church.
He was active in Sister City, serving as president, and helped organize linkages in Japan, Canada and Russia. He worked as a mission volunteer with the Lakota people in South Dakota.
Beall earned the 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service for his demonstrated efforts to promote racial harmony and tolerance of all people. The Izaak Walton League named Beall Legislator of the Year in 2006 for legislative leadership on recycling and environmental protection. In 2010, he received the President Herbert Hoover “Uncommon Public Service Award.” In 2008, the Iowa Asian Alliance named him “Asian Ambassador,” and in 2011 the Iowa Chinese Association presented him The Community Service Diversity Award. In 2009, he received the “Leadership in Citizen Diplomacy Award,” and was the keynote speaker at the 2009 World Youth Leadership Institute in Beijing, China.
Iowa Central Community College named Beall “Outstanding Alumni” and Iowa Sister State awarded Beall the Governor Robert Ray Community Service Award in 2012. Beall earned The Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard Association of the United States for his dedication to veterans.
Beall ran for Secretary of State in 1972 and remains the youngest statewide candidate in the history of Iowa.
Beall was a newspaper columnist, editor, publisher and public relations manager at weekly and daily newspapers in Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota before returning to Fort Dodge, where he was marketing director for The Messenger. He earned several state, national and Associated Press awards for column and editorial writing and for newspaper promotion. He also served as University Relations Director and on the President’s Council at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Daryl and his wife, Jo Ann, have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.