State Representative Julian Garrett announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for the special election for Senate District 13, that includes Madison County and nearly all of Warren County.
“I enjoy serving in the House of Representatives but I have been frustrated to see so many good bills that we passed in the House just die in the Senate” Said Garrett. He added “I believe that if we are to have a good chance to take control of the Senate in 2014, we must hold onto this Senate seat. I believe I can win the seat. I also believe that we can elect a Republican to take my place in House District 25.” Garrett stressed that he will continue to push for the issues that he has campaigned on in the past. “People know me as a fiscal and social conservative and I will continue to stress the issues that I have been working on in the House.”
Garrett says one of the biggest accomplishments during his service in the House has been to pass budgets spending les s than the state has received in revenue. “In 2011 it took us until June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, to pass a budget holding the line on spending. The Senate Democrats finally realized that we were serious about spending less than incoming revenues. We have continued that pattern in 2012 and 2013,” he pointed out.
Garrett was elected to the Iowa House in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012. His house district constitutes half of Senate District 13. In addition to the annual legislative sessions, weekly newsletters and Town Hall meetings around House District 25, have been a significant part of his service.
Garrett is a farmer and retired attorney and lives in the southern part of the Warren County with his wife Nancy and the youngest of their three sons. The two older boys have graduated with engineering degrees from Iowa State University, and the youngest attends Iowa State. Garrett grew up on an Iowa farm where he learned about hard work and personal responsibility. He has raised purebred Charolais cattle for many years. Garrett is a long time Farm Bureau member. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.
Always willing to give his time to our young people, Garrett was a volunteer Little League and soccer coach for more than 12 years. He served on the Indianola Little League Board of Directors for many years, and directed the County Little League post-season tournament for Warren and surrounding counties for several years. In addition, he coached Middle School Mock Trial teams, two of which reached the State Tournament.
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