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Rob Hogg announces endorsements by 30 former Democratic legislators for U.S. Senate campaign

This news story was published on March 14, 2016.
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Sen. Rob Hogg

Sen. Rob Hogg

CEDAR RAPIDS – Rob Hogg, a state senator from Cedar Rapids, announced he has received endorsements from 30 former Iowa Democratic legislators for his candidacy to replace Senator Chuck Grassley. Those endorsing include former Senate President Jack Kibbie, former House Speaker Pro Tempore Polly Bukta, former Governor candidate Jack Hatch, former Congressional candidate Staci Appel, and former Iowa Democratic Party chair Tyler Olson.

“I am honored by the support of my former legislative colleagues for my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Hogg said. “Like the endorsements by 63 of my current legislative colleagues, these endorsements are important because these are the people who know me best doing the job of a legislator. I appreciate their confidence that I would do a good job as a United States Senator.”

In January, Hogg was endorsed by 63 of the 68 current Democratic state legislators. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Senate President Pam Jochum reiterated their support for Hogg.

In addition to Kibbie, Bukta, Hatch, Appel, and Olson, other former legislators endorsing Hogg include:

Floyd County Supervisor Mark Kuhn, former state representative
Jefferson County Supervisor Becky Schmitz, former state senator
Emmet County Democratic chair John Wittneben, former state representative
Clayton County Democratic chair Roger Thomas, former state representative
Former state senator Daryl Beall
Former state senator Gene Fraise
Former state senator Bill Heckroth
Former state senator Rich Olive
Former state senator Roger Stewart
Former state senator Steve Warnstadt
Former state senator Frank Wood
Former state representative John Beard
Former state representative Mark Davitt
Former state representative Ed Fallon
Former state representative Gene Ficken
Former state representative Ro Foege
Former state representative Marcie Frevert
Former state representative Doris Kelley
Former state representative Bob Osterhaus
Former state representative Brian Quirk
Former state representative Nathan Reichert
Former state representative Tom Schueller
Former state representative Don Shoultz
Former state representative Greg Stevens
Former state representative Nate Willems

Hogg announced his candidacy for the United States Senate on September 22, 2015, in Callender, Iowa, where his grandmother was born in 1902. On February 29, Hogg officially qualified as a candidate for the June 7 primary when he submitted over 13,000 signatures from Iowans in all 99 counties to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.

Hogg, age 49, is currently serving his third term in the Iowa Senate after two terms in the Iowa House. As a state legislator, Hogg has been a leader for flood recovery, disaster preparedness, renewable energy, clean water, education, infrastructure, public health including mental health, and public safety. 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.

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