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.


  • Graduate of Monticello high school
  • Married to his wife Jacky for 27 years
  • Two children: Amy graduated from Iowa State and is enrolled in law school at the University of Iowa. Ben is a senior at Iowa State.


  • 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


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