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Saturday, October 24, 2020

    Mark Lofgren

    Office Sought: Iowa State Senate #46

    Political Party: Republican

    Candidate Email Address: [email protected]

    Candidate Website: http://www.teamlofgren.com

    Campaign Committee: Team Lofgren

    Educational Background

    NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
    Muscatine High SchoolMuscatineIowa1980diploma
    Muscatine Community CollegeMuscatineIowa1983A.A.
    University of IowaIowa CityIowa1986B.B.A. Finance

    Employment History

    EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
    Lofgren Investments – selfOwner/financial advisor19982014Small business owner/financial advisor
    Independent contractor in real estate – selfreal estate agent2015currentReal estate agent

    Endorsements Received

    Farm Bureau – Friend of AgSeptember 2020Matt Steinfeldt
    Iowa Association of Business and IndustrySeptember 2020Brad Hartkopf
    NFIB – Iowa Small Business AssociationSeptember 2020Matt Everson
    NAIFA-Iowa National Association of Insurance and Financial AdvisorsSeptember 2020Craig Adamson

    Why are you running for election?

    Since 2017 I’ve worked hard to help pass policies to grow our state. We’ve accomplished one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, rising wages and thousands of job openings. Since COVID-19, we’ve regressed. I’m running to support policies that provide success for all Iowans.

    What are the 3 most important issues facing your office over the next term?

    IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue?
    Reducing Unemployment / Getting Iowans back to work due to COVID-19Working Iowans means they can support their families and build a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones.I will work across the aisle to legislate responsibly to assist businesses working through the pandemic and adapting to constantly changing health guidelines.
    Continuing tax relief for Iowa familiesMore money in the pockets of hard-working Iowans can help them save for a rainy day, pay bills and keep more of what they’ve earned.I’ll work to continue to build on the historic tax cuts we passed in 2018 that rewards work and encourages investment in our communities.
    ChildcareChildcare creates a significant hurdle for some parents to enter the workforce or to move forward in their career.Our goal in the Senate has been to eliminate obstacles to work and give people more incentives to work. I am supportive of addressing the childcare cliff to remove obstacles to work.

    What are the 3 most important issues facing Muscatine County over the next term?

    COVID-19 Recovery is a given.
    Mental health fundingFunding needs to be sustainable and equitable for all Iowans.I will encourage county and state officials and agencies to work together to resolve inequities in current mental health funding for eastern Iowa.
    Bridge MaintenanceWith Iowa’s dependence on an agricultural economy, we need to be able to get products to consumers.I will encourage county and state officials to work together on ways to provide adequate funding and workable policies for bridge improvements.

    What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

    Although I am conservative, I work closely with all legislators even those across the aisle. I choose to sit in chambers next to members of the other party. My business background has given me collaboration skills, and my legislative accomplishments have typically garnered near to unanimous support from both parties.

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