Issues & Experience


  • Return the state to a physical, fiscal sound position by keeping expenditures below revenue levels.
  • Decentralized control of school funding.
  • Stop placing requirements on school districts without allocating the associated funding. [Unfunded mandates]
  • Develop a favorable business environment to retain quality jobs in the state and stop the brain drain. 
  • Find a long-term funding solution to water quality.


  • Graduate of Monticello High School
  • Married to his wife Jacky for 34 years
  • Two children: Amy and Ben
  • Amy lives in Charlotte with her husband, Nate, and daughter, Caroline, where she practices law.
  • Ben works on the family farm and for JBS Pork.  His wife, Whitney, works for Tri-Oak Pork.  


  • Completed two years at Iowa State
  • Assumed responsibility of the family farm at age 25
  • Served on the Monticello School Board for nine years; 5 years as president
  • President of the Jones County Pork Producers
  • President of the Iowa Farm Business Association
  • Elected State Representative in 2010, 2012, 2014, & 2016
  • Iowa House Agriculture Committee Chair


  • Pork Producers and Cattlemen’s Association
  • Corn Growers and Soybean Association
  • Cedar Valley Farm Business Association
  • St. Matthews Church
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