I’m one of 11 children. I graduated from McAuley Regional Catholic High School in Joplin, Mo. and earned my bachelor’s degree at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, a master’s in secondary education at the University of Missouri at K.C. and a master’s in secondary administration from East Central University of Oklahoma.
My passion for education spurred a ‘Communities in Schools’ program, targeting at-risk students using mentoring, tutoring and counseling. While teaching, I received national recognition for creative and successful business-school partnerships.
Leaving education for a career with U.S. Cellular, I became a supervisor and manager, identifying markets and locations for stores, arranging for their lease and remodeling, and hiring, training and managing employees.
I later returned to education, teaching courses at Kirkwood and developing training at Iowa Workforce Development. I taught the last 15 of my more than 40 years in education in Cedar Rapids schools, retiring in 2017.
Residents of House District 37 (now 66) elected me to the Statehouse in 2007, where I was vice chairman of both the Education Committee and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee. Currently, I’m on education, Veterans Affairs, international relations, economic development appropriations and local government.
In 2014, I was awarded the Public Health Official of the Year honor by the Iowa Public Health Association, and was named Legislator of the Year by the Iowa Fraternal Alliance in 2017.
I reside in Cedar Rapids with my wife, Susan. We have four children and six grandchildren.
I am running again because I want a stronger Iowa, with broader prosperity — government that recognizes a shared responsibility for building a brighter future for all of us. My commitment is anchored in these goals:
• More family-sustaining jobs
• Genuine tax fairness
• Affordable, quality health care and mental health services
• Support for small businesses and entrepreneurs
• A cleaner and safer environment
• Improved schools and educational training opportunities for our workers
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This means I will work for an economy centered on innovation and focused on existing businesses — creating good-paying jobs, spreading taxation equitably, giving every Iowan an opportunity to prosper. It includes a cleaner, safer environment, where every Iowan feels safe at home and in their community.
I support a world-class, well-funded, public education system, with the highest standards for every child and school, and with well-trained teachers. This includes supporting early childhood education, K-12 schools, community colleges and our universities.
• Art Staed is a Democratic candidate in Iowa House District 66.