The Iowa State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

This website provides news, pro & con, historical, and other information related to Iowa's constitutionally mandated November 3, 2020 referendum on whether to call a state constitutional convention.

J.H. Snider

J.H. Snider

Editor, Iowa State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse


Besides editing the Iowa State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse, J.H. Snider edits The State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse, which provides information on the fourteen U.S. states with the periodic state constitutional convention referendum.

These clearinghouses are a project of, of which Snider is president. is a 501(c)(3) public policy institute founded in 2007 that focuses on the most difficult areas of democratic reform─where elected officials have a conflict of interest in bringing about reforms that might reduce their own power.

From 2011-2013, Snider was a fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and during Spring Semester 2008 a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. From 2001-2007. he was a senior research fellow and research director at the New America Foundation. He has also been a fellow at the American Political Science Association (a Congressional Fellow), Northwestern University (a University Fellow), and the Harvard Business School (a Nonprofit Fellow). He has a Ph.D. in American Government from Northwestern University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College.



Snider, J.H., It’s time to talk about a constitutional convention, The Globe Gazette, November 1, 2020. Permanent Link.

Snider, J.H., Iowa’s constitutional convention process, a triumph of democracy, could be improved, The Gazette, October 10, 2020.

Snider, J.H., 3 things Iowans should consider about constitutional convention referendum, Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 21, 2020.

Snider, J.H., Regular Iowans can change things by voting for a constitutional convention on Nov. 3, Des Moines Register, August 16, 2020. Available here in the e-edition.


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