Representative Dennis L. Renaud View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 8/13/2015
Birth Place: Des Moines
Birth County: Polk
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 69 (1981) - 75 (1993)
Home County: Polk
Dennis L. Renaud
Polk County


Dennis “Denny” Renaud was born October 25, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended and graduated from Altoona Public School in 1960. He attended Waterloo Barber College from 1960 to 1961 and came back to do his apprenticeship with Frosty McClannahan in Altoona. He purchased the business after Frosty retired and stayed in the same location until he sold his shop in the late 1990’s. He married the love of his life Sue on January 12, 1974 and their union created three children.

A strong community leader, he was active in the Jaycees, Altoona Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Altoona Centennial Committee. He was a member of the Altoona Christian Church, Elks and Local #4 Des Moines Professional Firefighters. He served on the Altoona City Council until he was elected to the Iowa House. He saw a lot of growth in Altoona and East Polk County during his time on the City Council

and as a Representative.

In 1969, he joined the Des Moines Fire Department until his retirement in 1998. He worked in different stations as a Private, Fire Medic, Lieutenant, and retired as a Captain. He enjoyed racing Dwarf cars and all forms of racing. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Denny was a Democrat from Polk County. He was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in the fall of 1980, serving seven terms, including six extra sessions. During his time he served on the following committees: Commerce, County Government, Economic Development, Labor and Industrial Relations, Local Government, Judiciary and Law Enforcement, State Government, and Transportation. During his time he served on many permanent and interim study committees.

Representative Renaud passed away on August 13, 2015 at the age of 73.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA, That in the passing of the Honorable Dennis “Denny” Renaud, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.