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Legislator Rob Hogg – challenging Charles Grassley for U.S. Senate – announces endorsements and contributions


This news story was published on January 25, 2016.
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Sen. Rob Hogg

Sen. Rob Hogg

DES MOINES – Iowa state senator and candidate for U.S. Senate Rob Hogg announced endorsements from Iowa state legislators at an event this afternoon in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol.

Senator Hogg was joined by a reported 40 state legislators who are supporting his candidacy. He is vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by 82-year-old Republican Charles Grassley, who has been a fixture in Congress since 1975. He was elected to the Senate in 1980.

“Honored to receive endorsements today from over 40 legislative colleagues,” Senator Hogg said Monday via social media.

Last week, the Hogg campaign reported over $120,000 raised from contributions and in-kind contributions for his campaign in a filing with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate.

“I was excited to raise the first $100,000 to support my candidacy, but campaigns are about people, not money, so I am even more excited to report that over 650 people have now made individual contributions to my campaign committee,” Hogg said. “This shows broad support for my candidacy and a strong desire to make Congress work again for our people, our country, and our future.”

Earlier this month, Hogg opened a campaign office in the Higley Building, 118 Third Avenue SE, in downtown Cedar Rapids.

State Senator Rob Hogg in Mason City

State Senator Rob Hogg in Mason City

“We believe that by opening a campaign office and by raising over $100,000, we have shown that this is a serious candidacy,” said Ann Poe, Hogg’s campaign manager. “Iowans are ready for change to get Congress to work again.”

Hogg, age 48, is a state senator from Cedar Rapids, serving his third term after two terms in the Iowa House. He has won five elections in a row, twice replacing Republicans in the Iowa Legislature, first in 2002 when he was elected to the Iowa House, and then in 2006 when he was elected to the Iowa Senate.

In the Iowa Senate, he has served as chair of the Senate Rebuild Iowa Committee (2009-10) and the Senate Judiciary Committee (2013-14), and is currently chair of the Senate Government Oversight Committee. In addition to serving in the Legislature, Hogg is an attorney in private practice in Cedar Rapids. He and his wife, Kate, have three children, two in college and one in high school.

After forming an exploratory committee last July, Hogg announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on September 22 in Callender, Iowa, where his grandmother was born in 1902. Since July, he has visited with Iowans in 70 counties.

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2 Responses to Legislator Rob Hogg – challenging Charles Grassley for U.S. Senate – announces endorsements and contributions

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 26, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Thats BOSS HOGG to you rebel.

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    rukidding Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    This is a good thing, Its time for a change no one should hold office this long.