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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – On Monday, Tax Education Foundation of Iowa (TEF Iowa), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes economic freedom, announced former Republican State Rep. Walt Rogers will lead the organization.

Rogers will serve as the deputy director where he will develop public policy and solutions that advance TEF’s goals of limited government, free-market solutions, and fiscal responsibility for Iowa.

Rogers served eight years in the statehouse representing Cedar Falls and Black Hawk County, where his reputation as a fiscally responsible legislator, pushing government to be smaller and smarter with taxpayer dollars. He was elected by his colleagues to serve as an Assistant House Majority Leader and appointed by the Speaker of the House to chair the Education Committee.

Rogers lost re-election to a fifth term to the Iowa House representing Iowa House District 60 last November and fell short in a special election in Iowa Senate District 30 in March after former State Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, resigned. Rogers briefly ran for the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in 2014 before withdrawing from the race to later endorse Rod Blum who won the seat that cycle.

“We’re thrilled to add Walt to our team at TEF Iowa. His valuable leadership in the non-profit sector paired with his track record of crafting effective, taxpayer-focused public policy is unmatched,” said Chris Ingstad, president of TEF Iowa. “Walt will be a tremendous asset for us as he works to build coalitions across the state.”

“I look forward to engaging with Iowa’s business leaders, entrepreneurs, civic and educational organizations, and everyone in between to strengthen TEF’s ties and build new coalitions with the taxpayer in mind,” said Rogers. “More than ever, Iowans need a strong, effective voice to protect their valuable tax dollars and ensure government is working for them.”

TEF Iowa educates Iowans about the tax and spending practices of state and local government in Iowa. They actively compile research on fiscal topics, provide state-by-state comparative data, and analyze government regulations for their effectiveness.

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