Walt Rogers talks a lot about smaller, smarter government. It was this theme that carried him to victory in his 2010 campaign for Iowa House and in all his reelections since. The 2017 session was highlighted by Governor Branstad borrowing Walt’s theme to push his own smaller more efficient government strategies.
Walt’s leadership was noticed by his colleagues, who elected him as an Assistant Majority Leader during his first term and trusted him to manage some of the House’s toughest legislation, including a government transparency bill that had stalled in the legislature for seven years.
Walt saw first hand the effects of high taxes and burdensome government during his time working with local businesses Rath Packing Company, Northland Products, and Mudd Advertising and over the twenty years he spent working with ministries at Cedar Heights Presbyterian, Orchard Hill Church and Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls. Walt grew a normal church youth group into one of the largest youth organizations in the Midwest, with over 700 regular youth attendees per week and thousands of teens traveling around the country and internationally on mission trips. It was that leadership that got him noticed by an Iowa Senator as a potential candidate in 2008.
Rogers continues to be leadership consultant for youth and grassroots organizations, and in 2016 was the Iowa State Director for the Rick Santorum for President Campaign.
This past session Walt became the chairman of the Iowa House Education committee and in his first year spearheaded significant changes in State Education, among those being home rule in school districts and reducing restrictions on categorical funds giving more local control to schools and school boards and directing the State Education Department to focus more on Computer Science initiatives.
Rogers has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the University of Northern Iowa, where he competed on the track team. He and his wife Jenny, a Speech Pathologist for over 28 years at AEA 267 and a small business owner, have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.