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June 19th, 2009

Rants Files Paperwork for Gubernatorial Campaign

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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rants-for-governorThis morning, State Representative Chris Rants announced that he’s filling out the appropriate paper to run for governor. Rants made the announcement on his Twitter page. Rants will also be the focus of this week’s edition of Iowa Press. Iowa Press airs on Iowa Public Television tonight at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Rants issued the following statement this morning on Twitter:

Todays to do list:
1 File exploratory committee papers.
2 Tape IA Press.
3 Hit the road & continue listening to Iowans kitchen table concerns.

Rants told The Iowa Republican this morning that he, “Still a lot of people to sit down with, counties to visit, folks to listen to.” Rants also said that he has hit his initial fundraising goal.

Rants’ announcement comes just two days after being attacked by Bob Vander Plaats over the issue of gay marriage. Vander Plaats, who says that he will sign an executive order to ban gay marriage, critized Rants for saying that he would not take similar action. Rants instead advocates for the passage of a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Rants successfully passed a marriage amendment in the Iowa House when he served as Speaker, and forced a vote on the matter this past legislative session.

With 17 years of legislative experience under his belt, Rants has a firm grasp of the issues facing the state, and solid understanding of how state government works. Having served as the Speaker of the House and the House Minority Leader, Rants has traveled the state raising money to help elect Republicans to the Iowa House.

Rants has been on the road listening to Iowans for the last five weeks. During that time he has traveled 11,000 miles in his car. Rants said, “I’ve been asking what people are talking about around their kitchen tables. I’ve listened to activists about how we need to pull our party together. And I’ve sat down and listened to business leaders about their concerns about the loss of jobs in Iowa.”

The combination of his knowledge of state government, his fundraising experience, and his drive and determination will make him a formidable candidate in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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