Scott counties. In announcing his candidacy, Lofgren states that job growth, education and a smaller and more efficient government are among his priorities. He also believes a strong Iowa is built by strong families and individuals who have the education and understanding of personal finance necessary for middle class lives and secure retirements. Lofgren said, “Financial independence doesn’t just happen. Like math, English or other life skills, financial literacy must be learned, and it must start early in our schools. The American Dream must be passed on to our children and grandchildren.”
Lofgren has been a successful small business owner in Muscatine for over 25 years in real estate and financial services. He is a graduate of Muscatine High School and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
In addition to his business experience, Lofgren enters the race having previously served two terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He was the Chair of the Joint International Relations committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations and Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa committees and served on the Human Resources, Labor Education, and Natural Resources committees. Lofgren also managed numerous legislative bills in the House including the Innovation Fund Investment Tax Credit bill, the Economic Growth ESOP bill and the Concussion bill.
Lofgren was also twice recognized as Legislator of the Year and Statehouse Champion by the Brian Injury Alliance of Iowa, received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from the Iowa Health Care Association and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living and was appointed to the Council of State Governments Midwest-Canada Relations Committee in April 2013.
Serving the community comes naturally to Lofgren. Mark has been a community volunteer for many organizations including the Muscatine YMCA and Youth Sports Foundation serving as a youth athletic coach. He is a 25 year member of the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Muscatine and served on the Power 9 Steering Committee for the Muscatine Blue Zones project, Mark currently volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program.
“I have knocked on a lot of doors and talked to many people in the district, and I have heard their concerns. People want visible and effective leadership from their Senator.” Lofgren said. “I believe I have the proven track record of hard work and accomplishment to do that.”