Congressman Steve King announced today he will seek his third term representing western Iowans in Congress.
The announcement is hardly a surprise, although there had been some speculation earlier that King might make a bid for the Senate at some point.
"I am honored with the responsibility entrusted to me by the residents of Iowa's 5th District. Now I am pleased to ask my constituents for their support as I seek another term representing them in the U.S. House of Representatives," King stated. "Together we will advance our shared ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of opportunity."
King serves on the House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Small Business Committees. He is the founder of the House Ag Energy Users Caucus as well as recently elected chair of the Conservative Opportunity Society.
An outspoken advocate for tax reform, King supports eliminating the Internal Revenue Service as well as the overly complex and burdensome income tax code with a national sales tax, known as The Fair Tax. "Ronald Reagan told us, what you tax, you get less of," King remarked. "By implementing The Fair Tax, we cut the trillion dollar anchor that is the IRS and income tax code, freeing Americans to be as productive as possible."
The idea of The Fair Tax continues to gain momentum within Congress, and will be a high priority, King said, if re-elected. "Giving Americans the freedom to keep what they earn will unleash a revitalization of the economy, give rise to entrepreneurs, and benefit farmers as well," he said.
In Iowa's 5th District, there are six active ethanol plants with four in development as well as three biodiesel plants and several others in planning stages, a form of development that King said he will continue to support.