Who am I?

Jim Mowrer grew up on a farm in Boone, Iowa. When Jim was just seven, his father was tragically killed in a farming accident, leaving Jim’s mother, Susan, to raise Jim and his sister Ruth Ann, by herself. It wasn’t easy – they had only Susan’s small salary and Social Security survivor benefits to pay the bills.

Jim worked hard and graduated from Boone High School and married his high school sweetheart, Chelsey. Today they have two boys, Carter (4) and Jack (2).

After the September 11th, attacks Jim wanted to give back and serve his country. So as soon as he graduated high school, Jim joined the Iowa National Guard, where he quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant after just two years of service.

In 2005, Jim’s unit was mobilized and deployed to Iraq. Serving as an Intelligence Analyst, it was Jim’s job to help locate IED’s or roadside bombs so they could be removed before causing harm. Jim’s unit, the 1-133 Infantry Battalion, served the longest deployment of any unit in the Iraq War – 23 months.

Even while serving in Iraq, Jim finished college in between missions, earning a degree from the American Military University. Jim went on to earn Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University.

Jim returned to Iowa with his National Guard unit in 2007, but he returned to Iraq in 2009 as a civilian analyst and advisor to the Commander of US Forces.

In 2010, Jim was asked to serve as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army. At the Pentagon, Jim helped start and oversee the Army’s Office of Business Transformation – tasked with making the Army more effective, while saving tax dollars.

At the Pentagon, Jim also served as the Army’s lead representative to the Council of Governors, where he worked with America’s Governors to help coordinate Army bases and operations in individual states across the country.

Why am I running?

When I was in Iraq I always told my soldiers that our uniforms said US Army on the chest, but what it really meant was simply us. The only thing that mattered when things got bad was us – that you could only depend on the man or women on your left and right. We were it – help was a long way away and we couldn’t count on it– we could only count on one another. We were the good guys – we were the solution and it didn’t matter where we came from or what we believed – Democrat or Republican- we were there to get a job done and work together.

In Congress the job isn’t getting done. Too many politicians on both sides of the aisle aren’t doing anything to protect middle class Iowa families like the one I grew up in. Instead too many are pushing sound bytes to please the extreme parts of their party and score political points for partisan gain.

Here in Iowa and America it really is just about us. It’s our country – if we don’t maintain it and fix our problems, no one else will. There is no backup coming to the rescue. We have to take responsibility for the future of our nation. We complain about Washington and Congress and here in the 4th District we only get one Representative and if we don’t get it right then we are the ones responsible. We need the best person in Congress and I know if you elect me, I will work everyday to be the best for you.

I have a proven record of serving Iowa and this Nation, a record of results. I was deployed for 23 months with the Iowa National Guard defending our country in Iraq, returned to Iraq as a civilian to help finish the job and then I went to the Pentagon to make it more efficient. I believe our government needs to give the people their moneys worth and that’s why I’m proud of my record of fiscal discipline and governance reform.

These reasons are why I am running for Congress.

Just like the greatest generation who returned from WWII, we need to start working and investing in our future again. We need leaders willing to work together to find common sense solutions.

I can’t promise that we will win every battle, but I can promise that I will always put this country first, I will always put Iowa first and I will always put you first.

I want this campaign to be a real debate about what works for Iowa and who works for America. I want it to be based on facts and results.

I look forward to telling you more of my story and hearing yours.

My Goals

The middle class is the backbone to the strength of the US economy. In order to improve, wages and revenue must go up across the board, not just for the wealthiest Americans.

Investment in clean alternative energy is essential for America’s future energy independence. 27% of Iowa’s electricity comes from wind power, and this should be an example for energy consumption across the country. One of my top priorities will be alternative energy and the decreased dependence on foreign oil. Bringing money back to American soil will only add to our economic prosperity and create clean energy jobs. It is both an economic security and national security issue.

Our crumbling infrastructure in Iowa and across America is in dire need of investment. Congressman John Delaney of Maryland introduced a sweeping bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House, The Partnership to Build America Act, with 26 Republican and 26 Democratic cosponsors. This bill will create jobs, and help state governments with the infrastructure projects they desperately need. These are the types of reforms and investments I would support if elected to Congress.

My experience in the Pentagon shows my commitment to tax reform and small businesses across the country. While serving in a civilian position, it was my job to establish to Army Office of Business Transformation, which saved American taxpayers $3 Billion dollars in reforms. I plan to take the same approach to the business processes in the government as a whole.

Bipartisanship and compromise are not toxic. My background and life experiences have taught me to get the job done, while helping as many people as possible. I will welcome discussion and compromise with Republicans in the House, no matter which party holds the majority. You will not see me partisan grandstanding or making controversial statements for the sake of a Cable News headline.

My DFA Values

Having served in the military, I understand the importance of community, security, and liberty pretty well. When you're in the deserts of Iraq with your brothers and sisters in uniform, you know that all you have is each other. I have applied the same principles to my campaign. All we have is each other on this campaign and in this country. Nobody is going to come in and fix our problems for us. We need to come together and have honest discussions about how to solve the issues we face today. Our campaign is the same way, we listen to the voices of thousands of people who have told us their story. Whether it's a small business owner in Boone worried about their employees or the farmer in Spencer trying to carve out a living for their family. These are the voices that keep me campaigning hard everyday.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign is the definition of a grassroots campaign. I announced my candidacy in July of last year and in the first three months of my campaign, we received contributions from all 50 states. This is a testament to our efforts to engage the folks across the country who are interested in getting our Tea Party opponent out of office. Since then, we have received contributions from over 4,000 individuals, which is further testament to how our campaign is being driven by everyday Americans.

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