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September 25th, 2013

Rogers Exploratory Committee Staffs Up in First Congressional District

CEDAR FALLS – State Representative Walt Rogers’ Congressional Exploratory Committee has taken an additional step toward a possible campaign by hiring three staff members.
Justin Bartlett, who has managed all of Rogers’ state legislative campaigns as well as Matt Reisetter’s 2012 Iowa Senate campaign, has been retained to oversee the Exploratory Committee and will serve as Campaign Manager if Rogers enters the Congressional race.

Waterloo native Josh Wilson has been brought on as Director of Operations. Wilson has previously worked as Public Liaison to the Governor in the Branstad/Reynolds administration and as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. He has also spent time in the office of Senator Charles Grassley and worked on several state and local campaigns.
Nate Hohnstein will serve as the organization’s Field Director. Hohnstein, a Cedar Falls native, has previously worked as the Northeast Iowa Field Director for the Iowa Republicans’ House Majority Fund and as a clerk for Rep. Quentin Sanderson.

“These staff members bring the experience, the talent, and the personal connections to lay the groundwork for a possible Congressional campaign,” said Rogers. “This brings us one step closer to a full- blown campaign, and we hope to make an announcement in the coming weeks.”

Walt Rogers was first elected to the Iowa House in 2010 by defeating an incumbent Democrat. Rogers was elected by his colleagues as an Assistant Majority Leader during his first term; he currently serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary, State Government, and Transportation committees. He was reelected in 2012 to represent the new House District 60.
Walt Rogers has been married to Jenny, a speech pathologist, for 33 years; Walt and Jenny have three children and seven grandchildren. Rogers, a graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School and the University of Northern Iowa, grew up in west Waterloo and currently resides in Cedar Falls. House District 60 is comprised of much of west Waterloo and southern Cedar Falls, Hudson, and southwestern rural Black Hawk County.

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