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Iowa Sen. Johnson to seek re-election

OCHEYEDAN — State Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyedan will seek re-election in 2014.

The Osceola County Republican is currently serving his third term in the Iowa Senate, where he has been a member of his party’s leadership team since 2005. Johnson represents Senate District 1, which in addition to Osceola County includes Clay, Dickinson, Lyon and Palo Alto counties.

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“A number of friends and constituents have encouraged me to run again, and I am humbled by that. My focus right now is working hard on the issues important to northwest Iowa during the Legislature’s next session,” the assistant Senate leader said. “After we adjourn in the spring, I look forward to a vigorous five-county campaign. I believe my best work is still ahead of me.”

Johnson served four years in the Iowa House before winning election to the Senate in 2002. During that time, he has worked for fiscally sound budgeting; chaired key committees ranging from agriculture to health and human services; and been a leader in his caucus on soil and water conservation, water quality and natural resources issues.

“I am very happy to hear Senator Johnson will seek another term,” Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix of Shell Rock said. “David works tirelessly every day for the people in his district and all Iowans. He is a valuable member of our team, and I look forward to having him back for a fourth term in the Iowa Senate.”

Johnson, 62, is currently the top Republican on the Senate Human Resources Committee, which addresses health and human services policy. He also is a member of the Education and the Natural Resources and Environment committees, as well as the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee.

The Iowa General Assembly opens its next session Jan. 13, 2014.