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Muscatine Republican eyes Iowa’s Second Congressional District seat

Lofgren is vice-chairman of Iowa House Appropriations Committee

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:19 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:20 a.m. CST

Mark Lofgren is worried about the future of the United States.

“Uncontrolled spending in Washington is threatening our future and the future of our children,” he said. “I’ve worked hard while serving in the Iowa House to bring fiscal responsibility to the table and I’ll take that same respect for the taxpayer to Washington.” 

So, the Muscatine Republican, a two-term incumbent in the Iowa House of Representatives, was slated to announce this morning his intention to run for Iowa’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa City.

The Second District includes Newton and all of Jasper County.

Lofgren currently is chairman of the Iowa House International Relations Committee and vice-chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He also is a small business owner.

He and his wife, Paula, have four children. They reside in Muscatine, along with two of his children.

Lofgren’s campaign has already secured the endorsement of former state representative and Cedar County supervisor Jeff Kaufmann. The former Speaker Pro Tem of the Iowa House said his previous position gave him the opportunity to “assess whether lawmakers can truly make a difference.”

“Mark combines the qualities of conservative leadership, methodical study, and sincere caring. His work ethic is without rival,” Kaufmann said. “I have absolutely no doubt that Mark Lofgren will make a great congressman and advocate for Iowa’s Second District.”