Republican Rep. Steve King has won a sixth term in the U.S. House, beating Democrat Christie Vilsack in Iowa's 4th Congressional District.
King had to campaign harder for re-election than in previous years because redistricting lessened the number of registered Republican voters in the district. King also faced a better-known opponent in Vilsack, the wife of former governor and current U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack.
King is known for his outspoken conservative positions on everything from immigration to the federal budget. He kept to those positions while campaigning but placed greater emphasis on his family and success as a businessman.
In her campaign, Vilsack emphasized solving problems with less partisanship. She accused King of being more interested in his status as a conservative firebrand than on helping his district.
One of the big races on the Iowa ballot is for the state's newly-drawn 4th Congressional District.
Congressman Steve King currently is the District 5 representative, a position he's held since 2003, elected in 2002. Due to re-districting, he is now running for the 4th District. Iowa lost a congressional seat in the 2010 Census. As a result, the state's total was reduced from five to four congressional districts. The state underwent redistricting in 2011. District 5 was eliminated. Therefore, King is now running for the 4th District. The redistricting prompted nine-term Republican Representative Tom Latham to move to Iowa's 3rd district to avoid running against King.
King is from northwest Iowa. He grew up in Storm Lake, and he attended Denison Community High School. For this election, King has announced his plans which include repealing ObamaCare, 21 new tax hikes and drastic cuts to Medicare, reigning in Washington's out-of-control spending through the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, harnessing and harvesting all forms of American energy and creating stability in Washington for businesses to reinvest profit in research, technology and a larger and better compensated workforce.
King faces well-known and well-funded Democrat Christie Vilsack. Vilsack was born and raised in Mount Pleasant Iowa. Vilsack's husband, Tom, was elected governor in 1998 and she served as Iowa's First Lady for 8 years. Tom Vilsack is the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. For this election, Vilsack wants to create more opportunities and access to education. She wants to promote renewable energy. Her Fields of Opportunity plan helps returning veterans and beginning farmers with skills and financing. Vilsack wants to improve upon the Affordable Care Act, reform the bill and lower health care costs.
Independent, Martin Monroe was nominated by petition. He is from Battle Creek, Iowa. He works for his church while selling life insurance.
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