(Cedar Falls, IA) State Representative Walt Rogers of Cedar Falls announced today that he is entering the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Rogers made the announcement on Simon Conway’s WHO radio program. A web video (watch below), which has been made available on his campaign website at www.smallersmarter.org, was released shortly after.
“I’m making it official: I’m running for Congress. It’s time to take ‘smaller, smarter government’ to Washington, DC,” said Rogers. “This election needs a proven, battle-tested leader who is able to assemble the resources and the team required to win in November.”
First elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2010 by defeating an incumbent Democrat, Rogers has risen quickly in the ranks of the Iowa House: by the end of his freshman term in office, his colleagues had already elected him to their leadership team as an Assistant Majority Leader. Rogers was also nominated by House Speaker Kraig Paulsen as one of only 15 state legislators nationwide to GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2012; this year Rogers was named one of four co-chairs of their Emerging Leaders Summit.
According to Speaker Paulsen, “Walt Rogers is one of the hardest workers in the Iowa House.”
Rogers is known for serving as the floor manager for a number of sensitive pieces of legislation. His efforts, working in cooperation with Governor Branstad, led to the passage of an important government transparency bill which had stalled in the legislature for several years.
Rogers serves on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, Education, and Transportation committees and is the Vice Chair of the Administration and Rules Appropriations Committee.
Walt Rogers has been married to Jenny for 33 years; together they have three children and seven grandchildren. Rogers grew up in west Waterloo and currently resides in Cedar Falls.
Rogers represents House District 60, which is comprised of much of west Waterloo and southern Cedar Falls, Hudson, and southwestern rural Black Hawk County.