Steve King

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By Emily Kresse | Emily-kresse@uiowa.edu

Representative Steve King, R-Iowa, is hardly worried heading into his 8th election for the United States House of Representatives.

Four years ago he defeated Christie Vilsack, former First Lady of Iowa, who was well known and liked, by 8 percentage points. Two years ago he beat out Democratic candidate Jim Mowrer with 61.6% of the vote. He has consistently been favored to beat Democrat Kim Weaver this November.

King has continually made national headlines for his controversial remarks, such as saying nonwhites have not contributed as much to civilizations as whites, as well as having a confederate flag displayed on his desk.

Steve King Age: 67 Hometown: Storm Lake Education: No college degree; attended Northwest Missouri State University but did not graduate. Family: Wife, Marilyn; 3 songs, David, Michael, and Jeff

Steve King
Age: 67
Hometown: Storm Lake
Education: No college degree; attended Northwest Missouri State University but did not graduate.
Family: Wife, Marilyn; 3 songs, David, Michael, and Jeff

Despite these frequent controversies, King has served seven terms as an Iowan Congressman, currently representing Iowa’s 4th District.  King was first elected to Congress in 2002 for Iowa’s 5th Congressional District until the 2010 census called for redistricting and Iowa lost one of it’s districts. The 4th district includes Ames, Sioux City, and Fort Dodge.

Although he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, before the Iowa Caucuses, King has vehemently rallied behind the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump. Even after other Republicans have begun to distance themselves from Trump after a recording of him making derogatory statements about women, King maintains his endorsement and has called on other Republicans to do the same.

Originally from Storm Lake, Iowa, King started King Construction in 1975, which is partly why he serves on the House Small Business Committee, as well as the Judiciary and Agriculture committees.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress King was an Iowa State Senator for six years. During his tenure in the state senate he helped “eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa,” according to his website.

King prides himself as being a constitutional conservative and adamantly advocates for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, against creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and for defunding Planned Parenthood and similar organizations. He also supports abolishing the IRS and protecting small business from government regulation.

InsideGov ranked members of congress based on their percentage of bills to get out of committee. King was ranked the least effective member of congress because, at that time, of 94 of the bills he had sponsored, 0 made it out of committee.