The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 11, 2014

Mommsen to run for Iowa House

The Clinton Herald

---- — DEWITT — A local farmer and business owner will seek an Iowa House of Representatives seat.

Norlin Mommsen will seek the district 97 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. Rep. Steve Olson currently holds the seat, but recently announced that he will not seek re-election. The district includes portions of Clinton and Scott counties.

Mommsen was raised in Miles, graduated from East Central High School, and participated in the Farm Operations Program at Iowa State University.

Since then, Mommsen has continued his education at Clinton and Scott community colleges, focusing on economics and accounting. Mommsen is a third-generation farmer and has worked in the agriculture retailers market and farmed for almost 30 years.

Today, in addition to farming, Mommsen operates a 500-head custom cattle feeding operation.

“Iowa is known for its helpful neighbors and small town way of life. But if we are to preserve what makes our state great, we must make it easier to be a successful employer,” Mommsen said. “Our small towns depend upon local businesses for jobs, services, and keeping our main streets open. We must do more to ease the struggles local businesses face, the taxes they pay, and the hoops they must jump through if we want our small towns to prosper.”

In 2012, Mommsen was elected as a Clinton County Soil and Water district commissioner. He is currently the rural representative on the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Clinton County Farm Bureau and the Great River Threshers. Mommsen has been involved with the Clinton County 4-H Youth Board, the Miles Area Lions Club and the Community Ambulance Service.