U.S. House, Iowa 4
After being born and raised in Iowa’s 4th Congressional district, J.D. played professional baseball in 7 countries and pursued a legal career that brought him to Minneapolis and Seattle. As a litigation paralegal, he learned the ins-and-outs of the law, good governance, and how to fight for people’s rights. Scholten is most proud of his pro bono work, which helped a Cameroonian man gain asylum after being tortured by his own government, and helped a small Minnesota company protect its intellectual property rights against a giant corporation.
No matter how far baseball or the legal field took him, however, Iowa remained home. J.D. is a fifth generation Iowan and the first in his family to grow up in a city. He has roots and connections all over the 4th District through family ties and his time as a student-athlete. Scholten comes from a long line of educators and farmers. Iowa Values define who he is. He is a community member and a teammate with a vision, a strong work ethic, and integrity. He was raised to believe that hard work, civility, and community are the values we should all aspire to. In his campaign for Congress in 2018 and through his recent work with a non-profit organization that helps the working poor get ahead, J.D. demonstrated that he lives those values.
J.D. was inspired by his Grandma Fern in the month after Trump’s election. He’d come home to Iowa for Thanksgiving. Just before he flew back to Seattle, his Grandma said, “You need to move back to Iowa and take care of the family farm.” He let that thought stew until January, when he went to the Women’s March in Seattle. It was one of the most powerful and energizing experiences he’d ever had. He connected the dots with my grandmother’s words and realized he needed to come home and fight for what he believes in.
J.D.’s campaign in 2018 came within 3 points of beating Steve King in a deep red district. It became an example of successful rural and community organizing for many other candidates. Scholten held dozens of town halls in 2018, which forced voters to confront the reality that their representative wasn’t showing up. Now, for the first time in his political career, Rep. King holds town halls. In 2018, J.D. succeeded in holding Steve King more accountable to his voters than ever before, but there is more work to do. Steve King is still in office, spewing the racist and xenophobic rhetoric that got him kicked off of his committees, leaving his district without a voice in Congress. As the Trump tariffs, climate change, and many other issues continue to negatively impact the district, J.D. is running to be a champion for the people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
J.D.’s campaign motto is “Standing Tall for All.” He happens to be 6’6, but the motto is about much more than his height.
J.D.’s goals are to: -Fix our healthcare system - our long term goal should be Medicare-for-All, but for now, let’s have a public option to stabilize the markets, help small businesses compete, and allow folks to retire before age 65 if they so choose.
-Fight for an inclusive economy - one that works for Main Street. In my district, I want to advance a New Rural Economy by making improvements to the traditional agricultural economy, and continuing to add advanced manufacturing jobs and technology jobs in our booming wind energy sector.
-Secure our democracy – right now, if you, your corporation, or your lobbyist has money, this country works for you. That’s not how our democracy should work, so I am focused on making sure our government lives up to its promise of being “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
The voters in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District deserve a representative who will work tirelessly for a government that serves all Americans equally. J.D. can be that leader.