Stephen Larson - Administrator, Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division


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Administrator Stephen Larson
Administrator Stephen Larson

Stephen Larson’s first four year term as the Administrator started on May 1st, 2010, and has twice since been reappointed in 2014 and 2018 by Governor Terry Branstad and Governor Kim Reynolds. He has been in public service to his home state of Iowa since 1984. During his time in government he has served on state and national boards, most recently as the Chairman of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

During his term as the Administrator, Mr. Larson has taken steps to make improvements to meet industry and consumer demands for alcoholic beverage brand diversity; adapted the Division’s business processes to meet the needs of the industry; led public policy discussions that contributed to the modernization of Iowa’s alcohol laws; and has increased regulatory and educational efforts within the state.

On July 1, 2018, he released a study on “Iowa Tied House Laws” to the Iowa Legislature and members of the alcohol beverage industry. The information within this study will be used by legislators as a foundation of work to assist in making decisions in the future about whether or not Iowa tied house laws work and are relevant to the Iowa marketplace. Most recently released a report on March 8, 2019, to Governor Reynolds on licensing reform for future considerations on licensing reform for future considerations by the Iowa General Assembly, and on April 15, 2019, the division completed the process to outsource the distribution of spirits to the Ruan Transport Corporation.

Mr. Larson’s prior employment includes various roles and responsibilities in Iowa State Treasurer’s Office, including serving as Deputy of Governmental Relations and public policy, auditing for unclaimed property, and serving as President of the National Unclaimed Property Administrators.

Throughout his career, Mr. Larson has been recognized and honored for his exemplary work. He graduated with honors from William Penn University in Oskaloosa with a bachelor's of arts degree in Business Administration. He resides in Polk City, Iowa with wife Jane, has two sons, and is a proud grandparent of two granddaughters.