Jim Mowrer

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By Mitch McAndrew | mmcandrew@uiowa.edu

If at first you don’t succeed, try; try again.

Following a failed U.S. House bid in the 4th congressional district, Iowa’s de facto conservative center, Democrat Jim Mowrer is trying his luck in the 3rd district.

After the Iraq veteran and former Pentagon aide lost handedly to seven-term Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa in 2014, Mowrer moved from his native Boone to the Des Moines area for a second go-round with freshman Rep. David Young, R-Iowa.

Jim Mowrer Age: 30 Hometown: Boone Education: American Military University, Master’s from George Mason University Family: Wife, Chelsey; two sons, Carter and Jack

Jim Mowrer
Age: 30
Hometown: Boone
Education: American Military University, Master’s from George Mason University
Family: Wife, Chelsey; two sons, Carter and Jack

Although Mowrer did not intend to run for Congress again in 2016, he said the loss of one of his good friends— Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau— gave him the final push he needed, the Des Moines Register reported.

Beau Biden died of brain cancer last May at age 46.

“I had a good friend who died. That was another reminder of how fleeting life can be and we need to take action to change our world while we have the opportunity to do so,” Mowrer told the Register.

Mowrer’s father died in a farming accident when he was 7 years old, and his family relied on what he calls “the basic social safety net” to survive.

“That experience formed my outlook and ideology from a young age;” Mowrer said in a piece on his website. “It’s why I’m a Democrat.”

He served as an in intelligence analyst in Iraq throughout the 2000s with the Iowa National Guard, becoming a civilian analyst and adviser to the commander of U.S. forces in 2009.

A year later, he worked at the Pentagon, where he oversaw the Army’s Office of Business Transportation as a special assistant to the undersecretary of the Army.

While in Arlington, Mowrer earned his degree from the American Military University and received a master’s of public policy from George Mason University.

Mowrer defeated Mike Sherzan and Desmund Adams in Iowa’s June 7 primaries, garnering 50 percent of the vote.

Little polling has been conducted in the district in 2016, but one Sept. 20-22 Loras College poll shows Young with a 10-point lead over Mowrer, 46 percent to 36 percent, among 327 surveyed likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.

Mowrer has raised just under $1 million so far this cycle according to the most recent FEC filings, short of his $2 million haul in the 2014 congressional race.