Deidre DeJear Biography

Deidre DeJear is a successful businesswoman, running her own business. She’s also an influential and engaged politician. Though her current net worth is unknown, we are certain that she’s wealthy.

Deidre DeJear is currently running as Governor of Iowa under the Democratic Party. She won the Party’s primary on June 7, 2022. Considering her recent rallies and campaign moves, she’s optimistic that she would unseat Reynolds in the “tough race” election this time.

Here is a brief biography of Deidre DeJear who is running for election for Governor of Iowa under the Democratic party and will be on the ballot in the upcoming general election.

Full NameDeidre DeJear
Age36 years old
PartyDemocratic Party
BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi
ProfessionBusiness Owner

Deidre DeJear Early Life

Deidre DeJear was born in 1986 in Jackson, Mississippi. Though we don’t know the day or month, we are certain that she’s 36 this year.

She lost her mum at a very tender age. By the time she was 12, her father, David, remarried and relocated to Tusla, Oklahoma.

Deidre, however, admitted on her Instagram page that her father gave her all the necessary support she needed while growing up. Deidre kept her private life private and would not reveal much information about herself.

She doesn’t even have an official Wikipedia page. Nevertheless, we were able to obtain some information about her early life, family, and marriage.

Deidre DeJear Education

Deidre went to Drake University in 2004, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism/Speech in 2008.

Deidre DeJear Career

Deidre DeJear Wiki

In 2005, Deidre co-founded and served as the chair of Back 2 School Iowa. In 2008, Deidre founded her business consulting firm, Caleo Enterprises. Caleo Enterprises is a promoting and marketing firm.

She also worked as a consultant with the African American Leadership Forum of Des Moines. She has been affiliated with Links, Inc., and the NAACP.

In 2019, Deidre joined the board of the non-profit organization Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and later on became the vice president of the board. Being a former avid basketballer, she coached the women basketball players at East High women employees. During this time, she traveled across the US and was able to impact the lives of several women.

Deidre DeJear Family

Deidre DeJear got married to Marvin, with whom she lived a happy life.

Deidre DeJear Political Career

Deidre claimed that her grandmother, Mattie Washington, exposed her to politics. Her grandmother indeed served as the county election commissioner in Yazoo County, Mississippi.

However, information showed that Deidre entered into politics in 2012 when she participated in Barak Obama’s reelection campaign. Her role was to urge African-Americans to vote in Iowa.

In 2018, Deidre ran for Iowa secretary of state. She won the party’s nomination by defeating Jim Mowrer in the primary. However, she lost to incumbent Paul Pate in the general election.

Nevertheless, that move made Deidre became the first African American woman in Iowa to be nominated by a major political party for a statewide office. In 2020, she was the Iowa campaign chair for Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign.

Currently, Deidre DeJear is running for election for Governor of Iowa under the platform of the Democratic Party. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022, since she won the party’s primary.

Kim Reynolds, the current governor of Iowa is the first female governor of the state. If Deidre eventually wins the election, she will become the first Black governor of Iowa. Deidre claims that her race is just a part of her identity but being an Iowan is what matters most.

Deidre DeJear Professional Experience

Her professional experiences can be summed up in the following:

  • Marketing Assistant, Bankers Trust, 2006-2011
  • Owner, Caleo Enterprises, 2009-present
  • African American Vote Director and Field Organizer, Obama for America, 2012
  • Consultant, United Way of Central Iowa, 2013-2015
  • Financial Literacy Adviser, Iowa Department of Education, 2015-present
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