UPDATE: Walt Rogers says he'll run for U.S. House

2013-10-02T03:00:00Z 2013-10-02T18:05:45Z UPDATE: Walt Rogers says he'll run for U.S. HouseThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 02, 2013 3:00 am  • 

CEDAR FALLS | Two-term Cedar Falls legislator Walt Rogers made it official Tuesday, announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for Iowa's 1st Congressional District.

Rogers, 52, called for creating a "smaller, smarter government."

"This election needs a proven, battle-tested leader who is able to assemble the resources and the team required to win in November,” Rogers said in his announcement.

He was first elected to the Iowa House in 2010 and served as an assistant majority leader.

He joins two other announced Republicans --- Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum ---seeking the GOP nomination. Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Paul Pate is expected to announce his candidacy soon.

Five candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination, including fellow Cedar Valley legislator Anesa Kajtazovic of Waterloo.

Last month, Rogers, a former youth pastor, announced he had formed an exploratory committee to make the run for the Congressional seat.

He is a pro-life conservative who is originally from Waterloo and a graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School. He is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

In the Legislature, he was a key person trying to curb the use of red light and traffic cameras in the state and was the Republican point person for managing the legislation that eventually became the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. Rogers serves on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, Education, and Transportation committees and is the vice chair of the Administration and Rules Appropriations Committee.

The 1st District seat is open because incumbent Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley is running for U.S. Senate.

The district includes 20 northeast Iowa counties.

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  1. jondoe
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    jondoe - October 11, 2013 2:22 pm
    Sorry Raccoon two or more joes in this world. What has Walt done? Tried to remove cameras so him and the Gov can speed. Tried to restrict womens rights. Tried to advance his mentor Vanderplatts agenda.
  2. Raccoon1
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    Raccoon1 - October 09, 2013 10:09 pm
    I think all the "joe" comments are the same person, Anyway, I have met Walt several times and regardless of his "religion" I feel he would be a great asset for Iowa. He has good morals and has done a great job in the Iowa house so far.
  3. reojoe
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    reojoe - October 02, 2013 2:16 pm
    Real Christians see his "Christianity" as shallow and a convenient means to get elected.

    You can't be hateful and spiteful and be a Christian.
  4. jondoe
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    jondoe - October 02, 2013 12:20 pm
    Beware the man who wraps his bible in the flag. Why did Walt change religions? Maybe he can get more political pulpit time. Don't forget to smite thine neighbor if he is shaven re:Leviticus
  5. codshash
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    codshash - October 02, 2013 11:21 am
    A theocrat who taught children that dinosaurs were put in the ground to test our faith is exactly what Iowa needs.
  6. Axolotl
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    Axolotl - October 02, 2013 8:10 am
    In his defense, Steve King. I do hope Mr Rogers brings in Rick Joyner to help rally the troops.
  7. b786alo
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    b786alo - October 02, 2013 6:58 am
    jondoe...you might be surprised to find that rural Iowans, small-town Iowans and lots of Iowans outside of the Cedar Valley are fine with Walt's beliefs and the way he's conducted himself so far during his political life. Good guy that is in politics for the right reasons.
  8. jondoe
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    jondoe - October 02, 2013 4:48 am
    This should be funny. Walt May find that a larger chunk of Iowa May not buy into his Theocracy. He could go to Iran and run, he just needs to convince them to change holy books.
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