AFP – Iowa announces endorsements of six candidates for state legislature

DES MOINES, Iowa Americans for Prosperity-Iowa (AFP-IA) on Thursday announced its support for six additional candidates vying for election and re-election to the Iowa Legislative Assembly.

The following candidates have been endorsed by AFP-IA for their leadership and commitment to increasing opportunity for all Iowans: Representatives Matt Windschitl (HD-15), Skyler Wheeler (HD-04) and Eddie Andrews (HD-43), as well as new contestants Barb Kniff-McCulla (HD-37), Mark Thompson (HD-56), and Kerry Gruenhagen (SD-41).

AFP-IA will continue to leverage the full weight of its outreach, in addition to direct mail and digital ads to support these candidates.

“AFP-IA is proud to support these candidates in principle in their main candidacies. The June 7 primary election will largely determine whether Iowa continues to seek conservative, government-limited political solutions that lead to greater economic growth, increased educational opportunities and lower taxes for families. and Iowa companies. Our activists are excited to get out there and connect with voters to help ensure the election victories of these outstanding candidates and ultimately the continued advancement of free market principles in our state,” said the director of Iowa State to AFP, Drew Klein.

2022 is the first political cycle the AFP-IA has committed to in the primary election, but the organization has shown tremendous success in previous cycles since the state chapter was established there. is a little over 10 years old.

State Representative Matt Windschitl (HD-15):

State Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, has fought to expand economic opportunity in Iowa. Windschitl has worked tirelessly to lower taxes for families and businesses and reduce cumbersome red tape, voting for legislation to ease restrictions on professional licensing and broadly reducing business regulations in Iowa. Windschitl also championed smart labor policy to grow our economy and supported greater educational opportunities to ensure all Iowa students have a chance to succeed in an environment that meets their needs.

State Representative Skyler Wheeler (HD-04):

State Rep. Skyler Wheeler, R-Orange City, has been a leading voice in the legislature to transform Iowa’s education system, particularly supporting Universal Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). He is a champion of tax reform and has played a key role in advancing health care reforms such as Certificate of Need (CON) reform. Wheeler also has a consistent track record of working across the aisle to advance sound policy that cuts bureaucracy in Iowa.

State Representative Eddie Andrews (HD-43):

State Rep. Eddie Andrews, R-Johnston, has been a champion of empowering families to pursue the education that matches their individual needs and to support the personalized health care options our families can take. trust. Additionally, Andrews has been an active and vocal supporter of smart criminal justice reforms that make our communities safer while providing genuine second chances.

Barb Kniff-McCulla (HD-37):

Barb Kniff-McCulla’s background as a business owner in a highly regulated industry positions her well to be a key voice in reducing burdensome regulations in our economy so Iowa families and businesses can thrive. . In office, McCulla will also be an advocate for tax cuts and sound fiscal policy and join a growing coalition of lawmakers working to advance educational opportunity by supporting scholarship accounts (ESAs).

Mark Thompson (HD-56):

As a substitute teacher, Mark Thompson believes that every child should have the opportunity to learn. Thompson supports Scholarship Accounts (ESA) and will fight to expand educational opportunities for all children, regardless of zip code. In office, Thompson will also fight for additional tax cuts and essential reforms to increase access to affordable, quality health care that our families can afford.

Kerry Gruenhagen (SD-41):

A longtime friend of AFP-IA, Kerry Gruenhagen is passionate about creating new opportunities in Iowa. In office, Gruenhagen will fight to limit unnecessary government spending and cut taxes so Iowa families can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Gruenhagen also supports improving access to personalized healthcare by reducing barriers faced by new providers. Additionally, it supports expanding educational opportunities through greater choice for every child.


In January, the grassroots group announced its first round of nominations for the Iowa state legislature. All of the candidates are currently engaged in primary battles, but have won the support of AFP-IA for their commitment to key policy priorities and increasing opportunity for all Iowans.

The full list of AFP-IA-approved candidates now includes State Representatives Skyler Wheeler (HD-04), Matt Windschitl (HD-15), Eddie Andrews (HD-43) and Dr. Steve Bradley (HD -66). as first-time contestants Zach Dieken (HD-5), Barb Kniff McCulla (HD-37), Mark Thompson (HD-56), and Kerry Gruenhagen (SD-41).

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