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Bogan, Gerald



  • Existence: 1912-1986


Gerald Leroy Bogan was born on April 19, 1912, in Clarinda, Iowa. He graduated from Clarinda High School and attended junior college there. He also attended the Institute for Association Management at Michigan State University. Bogan's career started on his hometown newspaper where he worked as a reporter and editor. In 1941, he joined United Press in Des Moines and became its Iowa manager. From 1947 to 1948, he worked as the news director for the Iowa Daily Press Association. An active Republican, Bogan became the publicity director for the Iowa Republican Party in 1949.

His career as a lobbyist began with the Good Road Association. This group lobbied for road improvements in Iowa and Bogan served as the executive secretary from 1953 to 1960. He joined Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper's staff in 1960, and worked as his legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. Returning to Iowa, Bogan formed a public relations firm called Public Affairs Consultants. In 1965, he became the first manager of lowans for Right to Work. He was executive secretary of this group and remained with them until his retirement in April 1986. Four months later, Gerald L. Bogan died of cancer.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Gerald Bogan Papers

Identifier: MsC0352

Public affairs consultant. Subject files and correspondence relating to his activities inIowa politics, elections, and the Republican Party. Topics include annual legislative sessions, reapportionment, Iowans for Right to Work, and Iowa Good Roads Association.

Dates: 1947-1986; Majority of material found within 1962-1976