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Larry McKibben announces Iowa Senate bid

February 16, 2012
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Marshalltown community leader, attorney and former State Senator Larry McKibben announced he will run for Senate District 36, a seat which includes all of Marshall and Tama Counties and a southern portion of Black Hawk County. First elected to the Iowa Senate in 1996 by defeating an incumbent Democrat Senator and then re-elected in 2000 and 2004, McKibben is running to promote an aggressive economic vision that helps hardworking Iowa taxpayers, removes barriers to growth, promotes job creation and allows Iowans to keep more of their own money. “We need to open our state for economic development again and create a climate where entrepreneurs are able to thrive, invest in our workforce and create jobs,” said McKibben. “Iowans need good jobs, they want their government to quit the out-of-control spending and they are worried about ever higher property taxes and onerous government regulations,” he continued. Raised on his family’s farm southwest of Marshalltown, McKibben is a 1965 graduate of Marshalltown High School. He then attended Marshalltown Community College before receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1972. A former member of the Iowa National Guard, McKibben is currently a Senior Partner in the law firm Moore, McKibben, Goodman and Lorenz, LLP in downtown Marshalltown and primarily practices agricultural and tax law.  McKibben is also a farmland owner and remains active in the family farming operation. An engaged member in his community, McKibben is a current member of the Marshall County Farm Bureau, Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce and Marshalltown Rotary. He serves on the board of directors of Farmers Savings Bank of Marshalltown and is also a former member of the Marshalltown Community School Board, having also served as its president. During his three terms in the Senate, Larry worked hard to improve Iowa’s schools and create good paying jobs. As a former Chairman of the influential Senate Ways and Means Committee, McKibben has been a leading voice for tax relief and fiscal responsibility. “I am the electable Republican candidate running and I am eager to challenge the current Democrat incumbent to ensure Senate District 36 has a senator that will work to promote more job creation and career development, less government spending and lower taxes.” McKibben is married to his wife Marki of 43 years and they have a daughter, Katie, a son, Mark, and a daughter-in-law, Laura, and two grandchildren, Brant and Luke. They are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Marshalltown where he taught Sunday school for many years. “I look forward to bringing my optimistic message and hardworking grassroots campaign to every voter as we all join together with the goal of bringing about a better direction for Iowa and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren,” he concluded.

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