A pair of former Republican northeast Iowa congressmen have endorsed state Rep. Walt Rogers' bid for the GOP nomination for an open seat in Iowa's U.S. House 1st District.
Rogers' campaign also announced raising $127,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Jim Nussle, formerly of Manchester, who represented the 1st District for 16 years, and Tom Tauke, who represented the district from 1981-91, endorsed Rogers of Cedar Falls, who is in a three-way race for the Republican nomination. He is running against Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum.
The seat is held by Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat. Five Democrats are seeking their party's nomination in the 1st.
Nussle, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a "budget hawk" while in Congress endorsed Rogers' message of "smaller, smarter government."
In the October to December quarter -- Rogers' first quarter in the race, he raised $127,000 and will report $70,000 cash on hand. He received contributions from more than 330 individuals. Substantially all of the contributions came from those supporters rather than from the candidate or immediate family.
Rogers was first elected to the Iowa House in 2010 by defeating an incumbent Democrat. Rogers was elected by his colleagues as an assistant majority leader during his first term; he currently serves on the Appropriations, Education, Economic Growth, Administration & Rules, and Transportation committees. He was reelected in 2012 to represent the new House District 60.
Rogers has been married to Jenny for 33 years; they have three children and seven grandchildren. A graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School and the University of Northern Iowa, Rogers grew up in Waterloo and currently resides in Cedar Falls.
Iowa’s First Congressional District consists of 20 counties in central and northeast Iowa including Linn, Black Hawk and Dubuque.For more information about Rogers, visit www.waltrogers.org.