President Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump is the President. He is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. An accomplished author, Mr. Trump has authored over fifteen bestsellers, and his first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic and one of the most successful business books of all time.
Vice President Mike Pence
Mike Pence is the Vice President. He was elected as governor of Indiana in 2012. Pence previously served for 12 years as a congressman from Indiana representing the Sixth Congressional District; he was first elected in 2000. During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as House Republican Conference chairman and chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. Pence was born in Columbus, Ind. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 from Hanover College and a law degree in 1986 from Indiana University. After accepting Donald Trump's offer to be running mate, Pence ended his 2016 campaign to be re-elected as Indiana governor.
Senator Charles Grassley
Senator Grassley has earned a reputation in Iowa for keeping in touch with the people he represents and in Washington for standing up for common sense and holding government accountable.
Chuck Grassley does his job with a work ethic that can be traced to the Butler County farm where he grew up and still lives today, and to his days as a young father of five who worked three jobs.
Today, Senator Grassley holds the record for the longest record of not missing a vote of any senator in office, showing respect for the public trust he holds. Senator Grassley also has conducted at least one meeting in each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year that he’s served in the United States Senate, to encourage participation in the process of representative government. Grassley stays connected by responding to every phone call, letter and email from Iowans, and by communicating with Iowans extensively online via Facebook, Twitter and his own website, as well.
In Washington, Senator Grassley has been a leader in shaping legislation to improve the quality of life for Americans and to expand the economic opportunities for individuals, families and communities.
Grassley serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he works for a competitive marketplace with antitrust enforcement and tort reform, to reward innovation and invention with an updated patent system, and for legal immigration that will help America’s economy grow. Grassley has led a campaign to open up the federal judiciary by allowing cameras in courtrooms, and he is unmatched in his legislative and oversight work to protect whistleblowers, both in and out of government, who speak up about wrongdoing for the public good. Grassley is an advocate for victims of crime and a leader in the fight to keep illegal drugs out of the hands of young people. He leads efforts to safeguard America’s freedom with effective anti-terrorism and domestic security policies. In 2016 he was re-elected for his 7th term in the Senate.
Senator Joni Ernst
Senator Joni Ernst has dedicated her life to Iowa and her country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate.
In November 2014, Joni was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Joni serves on four Senate committees of major importance to Iowans: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Joni is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently which means cutting out-of-control spending, reducing taxes, eliminating harmful regulations and balancing the budget.
Born and raised on a farm in Montgomery County, Joni’s parents instilled in her the values important to Iowans: hard work, service and sacrifice. As a mother, soldier and independent voice, Joni is committed to bringing these values to Washington, D.C.
Joni received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University where she joined the university’s ROTC program. After graduating, Joni joined the U.S. Army Reserves. In 2003, Joni served as a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, leading 150 Iowa Army National Guardsmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joni retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard after 23 years of military service.
Known for her independent leadership and commitment to public service, Joni previously served as the Montgomery County Auditor where she worked to eliminate wasteful government spending and protect taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. As a state senator, Joni fought to balance the state budget and helped turn Iowa’s $900 million budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus. In addition to her work to balance the budget, Joni worked tirelessly to grow jobs and the economy, cut taxes, improve education, and reduce the role of government in Iowans’ lives.
Joni resides in Red Oak, Iowa.
Iowa Senate District 29
As a lifelong Iowan, Carrie Koelker understands what makes our communities special. She will put that knowledge and expertise to work for Iowans in Senate District 29.
Through her work at the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association – where she has served as executive director since 2000 – and the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Koelker has over two decades of experience strengthening communities in Eastern Iowa.
Carrie Koelker is committed to reducing taxes, so families can keep more of the money they earn, and job creators can bring new opportunities to Eastern Iowa. She understands new career opportunities for Iowa communities require an educated workforce. She is committed to a strong education system that works for all Iowans, helps students reach their full potential, and produces career-ready graduates.
Carrie Koelker lives in Dyersville with her husband Barry and four children.
Iowa House District 57
Shannon Lundgren was raised in Dubuque. She graduated from Wahlert High School and earned a certificate in Tourism Management from Midwest Travel & Hospitality Institute. She has been married to her husband Charlie for 25-years and they are the proud parents of Alexis, attending the University of Iowa, and Sydney, who attends the University of Northern Iowa. Both Daughters are graduates of Western Dubuque High School.
Early in her career she worked in the local casino industry. Eventually she transitioned to the hotel industry where she managed a small boutique style inn managed large-scale clients and events for a local resort and served in many other capacities at local hotels and inns.
In 2001 she took over management of the Dubuque County Fair Association. Under her management, they received the Blue Ribbon Fair Award and she was elected to the board of the Association of Iowa Fairs - Northeast District. Shannon developed an Emergency Evacuation plan with the County EMS, Proceeded to create policies and structure to increase sales and volunteer recruitment and retention. She was also recognized as one of the Telegraph Herald’s Rising Stars during her tenure.
In 2006, Shannon and her family moved to rural Dubuque County and opened Trackside Bar & Grill in Peosta. It’s a family-owned business with each member of the family playing an important role in its operation. They’ll celebrate 10 years of business on May 5th.
As a small family-owned business owner, Shannon brings invaluable commonsense experience to the Legislature regarding the challenges facing Iowa families and employers. She is a strong listener with and will represent District 57 well.