INDEPENDENCE – Elliott Henderson, an Independence entrepreneur, small businessman, farmer, veteran and Army Ranger launched his bid for the Iowa Senate campaign today. Henderson, a Republican, will run to represent Senate District 32, a seat which includes the all of Bremer County in addition to northern Black Hawk County, the southern half of Fayette County and all but four southeast townships of Buchanan County.
As an owner and operator of an exterior services company, an event center and reception hall, and a family farming operation, Henderson understands firsthand the challenges that employers face and he is running for the Iowa Senate to be a fighter for policies that encourage job creation, responsible budgeting, government regulation reform and world-class schools for our children.“As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I understand what it means to meet a payroll, balance a budget and help more hardworking Iowans provide for their families and I want to do all I can to keep more of our best and brightest right here in Iowa,” said Henderson, 28. “Our state is filled with boundless potential and we just need a government that encourages career creation, is responsible with the taxpayers’ dollars, keeps taxes low and gives our kids the opportunities they need to succeed in this increasingly competitive economy,” he added.
A 2002 graduate of Independence High School and a 2004 graduate of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Henderson, an Army Ranger, has admirably served his country overseas, including most recently as Platoon Leader in the B CO 1-133d Infantry Battalion from August of 2010 to July of 2011 in Afghanistan.
While still a member of the Iowa Army National Guard but not on active duty, Henderson has amassed an impressive nearly six year record of service. He has completed numerous military schools and courses and has received numerous decorations and badges including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign Star, NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (second award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.
“I am driven by a deep sense of service to our nation, state and local communities and I know I can make a difference by serving all Iowans in the Iowa Senate – to help them realize their dreams, raise their families in welcoming communities and safe schools and build rewarding careers,” he said.
Elliott and Allison are the proud parents of Meirek, age 4 months. He is a member of the Iowa National Guard Officers Association and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
“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.