John Raley

Candidate for District 45

Meet John Raley

John Raley was raised in a family that placed a high value on education. His father was a junior high principal and his mother taught 5th grade. John graduated from Coe College where he majored in business and minored in accounting. He participated in basketball, tennis and choir. After graduation, he started his own insurance agency in Iowa City where he just celebrated his 40th year in business. John also attended night school and earned an MBA in 2000. 

John is the father of three young adults: Jonathan, a Coe College graduate, is currently attending law school; Nicholas, a civil engineer for PEC Engineering; and Elizabeth, currently finishing her senior year at the University of Iowa. 

John is a member of the Iowa City Business Partnership (formerly the Chamber of Commerce) and the Iowa City Area Development Group. He is the past president of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA-Iowa). He has won numerous awards for his agency, including induction into the 25 year Hall of Fame. 

John took Suzuki violin lessons for 2 years alongside his children. They are all better musicians than he, but the experience highlights John’s commitment to life-long learning. John models generosity. He and his children sponsored education fees for children from Nepal through the American-Nepali Students and Women’s Educational Relief (ANSWER) for many years, even supporting one student through college. 

John is a contributor to ICCSD, CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, and Shelter House. This year his business sponsored a display in the Lights on the Lake which benefited the Bird House Hospice Home. John enjoys playing tennis twice a week and is an avid hot yoga practitioner.