Jim Mowrer
Jim Mowrer
July 2, 2013

Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War veteran and Boone native, this morning announced his plans to run for Iowa's 4th District U.S. House seat.

Mowrer, 27, said in a news release that his career has been rooted in service. He joined the Iowa National Guard following high school. His unit, the 1-133 Infantry Battalion, served the longest deployment of any unit in the Iraq War - 23 months, according to the news release.

His service continued after leaving the National Guard, serving his country at the Pentagon, as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army. Mowrer's work at the Pentagon focused on making the Army more efficient and effective, while saving tax dollars.

"When I served in Iraq, there were no Democrats or Republicans - just Americans working together to protect our safety and stability. But when I look at Congress, I don't see that same approach," Mowrer said. "In Congress, too many politicians are trying to score political points for partisan gain or pushing sound bytes to please their extreme base. I've decided to run for Congress to restore that true sense of public service - and to work together to find common-sense solutions that will help middle-class families like mine."

While serving in Iraq he earned his college degree from the American Military University and later went on to earn a master's of public policy from George Mason University.

Mowrer lives in his hometown of Boone with his wife Chelsey and their two boys Carter, 4; and Jack, 2

In the coming weeks, Mowrer plans to launch his campaign at a number of events throughout the 4th District.

The incumbent in the district is U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron. King passed on a U.S. Senate bid in 2014 and is expected to seek re-election to the House.