Northwest Iowa senator resigning

Governor will call special election to replace him

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SIOUX CITY — Sen. Bill Anderson, a Republican from northwest Iowa, is resigning from the state Senate to take a job leading the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corp.

His departure will trigger a special election for the GOP-leaning District 3 seat. He also will step down as a staffer for U.S. Rep Steve King, R-Iowa.

At some point in the future, Anderson said he and his wife, Angie, and their three children will move from rural Pierson to neighboring Cherokee County.

The Cherokee Area Economic Development Corp. announced Anderson’s appointment as executive director Friday.

Anderson, a two-term senator, said he is working with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office on the timing of his resignation. He said the special election will be held later this year, in time for a new senator to be seated before the 2018 legislative session starts in January.

The winner of the special election would serve the remainder of Anderson’s four-year term, which runs through 2018. The new senator also likely would also have a leg up on other potential candidates who would run for the seat in the June primary and November general elections.

Senate District 3, which takes in nearly all of Plymouth County and western and northern Woodbury County, including the Morningside neighborhood of Sioux City, is heavily Republican, with 17,635 registered GOP voters compared to 8,741 registered Democrats.

Anderson was first elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating Democrat Marty Pottebaum by a wide margin, and then ran unopposed for re-election in 2014.

In an interview Friday, Anderson acknowledged he will be going through quite a few changes in his life all at once.

A native of Sioux City, Anderson has worked in politics for 19 years, with 10 in the congressional office of King and nine years before that for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.

His last day of work for King’s office is Sept. 30, he said.

“I want to do something else and broaden my horizons,” Anderson said.

Rick Mongan, who represents the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on the Cherokee Area Economic Development board, said Anderson’s experience in Des Moines and as an former aide to Grassley and King would be beneficial in his new role.

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