J.D. Scholten

U.S. House, Iowa 4

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J.D. Scholten is a former professional pitcher making a run in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. He is fighting for an economy that works for all of us, a health care system that is affordable and accessible, and putting his Iowa values back at the center of public service.

J.D., a 5th generation Iowan, was born in the town of Nevada and grew up in Sioux City where he first played baseball, and where he lives today, having bought his childhood home. One of his grandfathers sold feed and seed to local farmers; the other was a farmer. His Grandma Fern—who he calls his inspiration—was a local elementary school teacher. J.D.’s father coached college baseball and his mother worked in public health, supporting other mothers and their families.

All his life, as a teammate and a professional, J.D. has been surrounded by people who put others first. He’s played baseball in seven countries, and his legal career has taken him to Minneapolis and Seattle. He believes that hard work, civility, and community are the values we should all aspire to, and he is committed to living those values as a member of Congress.

A first-time candidate for office, J.D. is a lifelong Democrat who in October of 2002 took a 20 hour one-way bus ride to protest the Iraq war and has volunteered on local, state and national campaigns. J.D. has traveled to all 39 counties in the district in his Winnebago RV, putting over 45,000 miles on “Sioux City Sue.” At 6 feet 6 inches tall, J.D. is truly “Standing Tall for All!”

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