Andy McKean represents Jones, Jackson and Dubuque counties in the Iowa House of Representatives. Andy is a husband, father, grandfather, and retired attorney from Jones County.
In his nine terms in the Iowa House and three terms in the Senate, Andy has prioritized bi-partisan 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. Rep. McKean served as a Jones County Supervisor from 2003 to 2011 and was appointed to the Iowa Public Information Board by Governor Branstad.
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. Andy enjoys gardening and taking care of the couple’s property; reading about history, politics and culture; hiking; and playing music.
Andy and his wife, Connie, a native of Dubuque, have been married for 36 years and have lived in an historic home on the edge of Anamosa, where they operated the Shaw House Bed and Breakfast for many years. They are involved in their home community, where Andy can often be found playing piano for local events, at church functions, and in care centers and congregate meal sites. Connie was a three term member of the Anamosa School Board. They are the parents of four adult children and the grandparents of three little girls.
In addition to his public service, Andy practiced law in Anamosa for 35 years, retiring in 2015, and taught planning law courses at the University of Iowa’s graduate program in Urban and Regional Planning from 1978 to 1992.
Andy was raised in New York state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Oneonta State College and his master’s degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island. He came to Iowa to explore his family roots in the Anamosa area and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is proud to represent the fifth generation of the McKean family to live in Jones County. 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 Iowa House Democratic Caucus. He is seeking re-election in 2020 to continue serving District 58 in the Iowa House.