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April 23rd, 2012

Grassley, Branstad, Northey, Upmeyer and Behn to Co-Chair King Campaign

Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron) today received the endorsements of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Gov. Terry E. Branstad (R-Boone), Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey (R- Spirit Lake), House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner) and Senate Republican Leader Jerry Behn (R-Boone), all of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. Grassley, Branstad, Northey, Upmeyer and Behn will serve as campaign co-chairs of Congressman King’s re-election bid in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District and work to build a robust grassroots organization that will lead Congressman King to victory in November.

“I couldn’t ask for a better team of elected leaders from Iowa’s 4th Congressional District,” said King. “These elected officials share my belief that Iowans deserve a representative in Congress that will commit to repealing Obamacare, balancing our country’s budget, reducing our national debt and creating jobs for Iowans.”

King went on to say, “Our campaign’s momentum continues to build. After having the best fundraising quarter in our campaign’s history, I look forward to having these leaders on our campaign’s team as we look to build a broad, robust 39-county organization.”

A resident of New Hartford in Butler County, Sen. Grassley was elected to the United States Senate in 1980 after serving three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives.  Grassley is a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Finance, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Committee on the Budget and Joint Committee on Taxation.

“I have watched Congressman King rise from a concerned citizen in Sac County to a State Senator and now a United States Congressman,” said Grassley. “Congressman King is a tireless, energetic, effective legislator who is committed to the people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. I look forward to having him as my representative in Congress.”

Gov. Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76. Branstad was elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978 and served as Iowa’s chief executive from 1983-1999. Sensing a need for change in state government, Branstad ran successfully for governor in 2010. He is Iowa’s longest serving governor.

“Congressman King and I are both from rural Iowa and share a vision of economic development and job creation,” said Branstad. “I am pleased today to join Congressman Steve King’s re-election effort as a campaign co-chairman.”

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is a 4th generation farmer from Spirit Lake. He was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

“Congressman King has been a friend of Iowa’s farming and renewable energy community since he went to Congress in 2002,” said Northey. “In fact, the very first bill Congressman King sponsored was a tax credit for renewable energy producers. Of the 435 congressional districts, Iowa’s 4th district produces the most renewable energy. Iowa’s energy and farming industry would be best served by having Congressman King as their voice in Washington.”

House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer was elected Iowa’s first female House Majority Leader in 2010. A nurse practitioner by profession, Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2002.

“Congressman King is the only person in the race for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District that shares the values of the voters,” said Upmeyer. “As we continue to work to improve our state and nation’s economy, the 4th district would be best served by a representative who has started a business, made payroll and balanced a budget. Congressman King’s effective leadership, coupled with his business background, makes him an ideal choice.”

After serving as a Boone County Supervisor, Senate Republican Leader Jerry Behn was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1996.  He was elected leader of Iowa Senate Republicans in 2011.

“Just as Iowa Senate Republicans have worked to cut government red tape, Congressman Steve King has been a vocal advocate against burdensome federal regulations,” said Behn. “As an early opponent of Obamacare, Congressman King recognized that a government takeover over an industry destroys the free-market and is unconstitutional. The 4th district needs a leader who isn’t afraid to speak out for what he believes in and take a firm position. I came into the State Senate with Steve, I know him well and am proud to join team King.”

Congressman Steve King is running for re-election in Iowa’s new 4th Congressional District. He has served in Congress since 2002 and is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Small Business Committees. He was born in and is a lifelong resident of the new 4th District, founded King Construction, raised a family, and served in the Iowa Senate for six years. More information on Congressman King and his campaign can be found at

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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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