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Jim’s Story

Born and Raised with Iowa Values

Jim Mowrer grew up on a farm in Central Iowa. When Jim was just seven, his father was tragically killed in a farming accident, leaving Jim’s mother, Susan, to raise Jim and his sister Ruth Ann, by herself. It wasn’t easy – they had only Susan’s small salary and Social Security survivor benefits to pay the bills.

Jim worked hard and graduated from Boone High School and married his high school sweetheart, Chelsey. Today they have two boys, Carter (8) and Jack (5) and live in the Waveland neighborhood of Des Moines.

Called to Service for His Country

After the September 11th attacks Jim wanted to give back and serve his country. So upon his graduation from high school, Jim joined the Iowa National Guard, where he quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant after just two years of service.

In 2005, Jim’s unit was mobilized and deployed to Iraq. Serving as an Intelligence Analyst, it was Jim’s job to help locate IED’s or roadside bombs so they could be removed before causing harm. Jim’s unit, the 1-133 Infantry Battalion, served the longest deployment of any unit in the Iraq War – 23 months.

Even while serving in Iraq, Jim finished college in between missions, earning a degree from the American Military University. Jim went on to earn a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University.

Working at the Pentagon to make the military more efficient

Jim returned to Iowa with his National Guard unit in 2007, but he returned to Iraq in 2009 as a civilian analyst and adviser to the Commander of US Forces.

In 2010, Jim was asked to serve as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army. At the Pentagon, Jim helped start and oversee the Army’s Office of Business Transformation – tasked with making the Army more effective, while saving tax dollars.

At the Pentagon, Jim also served as the Army’s lead representative to the Council of Governors, where he worked with America’s Governors to help coordinate Army bases and operations in individual states across the country.

Jim Mowrer’s whole life has been about service to our country and protecting what makes America and Iowa great. Now Jim’s running for Congress because he sees that Politicians on both sides of the aisle aren’t doing anything to protect middle class Iowa families like the one Jim grew up in. Instead of pushing for solutions, too many politicians in Washington are pushing sound bytes to please the extreme parts of their party and score political points for partisan gain.