DES MOINES — Senator Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, announced his bid for another term in the Iowa Senate for District 40 on Jan. 31.
Currently, Rozenboom is the chair of the Natural Resources Committee and the vice chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. Additionally, he serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, Education and State Government committees.
“I am proud of the work my colleagues in the Iowa Senate and I have done to help our rural communities and protect the agricultural industry,” said Rozenboom. “We worked tirelessly to pass tax reforms, including the biggest income tax cut in Iowa history, and increased transparency for property taxpayers. We have increased K-12 education funding every year we have been in the majority and we have fully funded every promise we have made.”
“We eliminated regulations to ease the burden on job creators, helped wages rise for working families and improve career opportunities for Iowans. During the last several years, we have made a lot of progress and I want to continue our work encouraging growth in our communities and promoting conservative values in the Iowa Senate,” said Rozenboom.
A farmer, agri-businessman and life-long Iowan, Rozenboom was born and resides in Mahaska County. He is a graduate of Pella Christian High School and attended Calvin College in Michigan. After college, he returned home to farm with his father and brother before taking a position in sales and production management for Wake’s Inc., a local agricultural supplier where he worked for 30 years. He and his brother continue to operate Rosewood Farms, a family farming operation in rural Mahaska County.
Rozenboom’s public service began when he was elected to the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors, where he served on the boards of the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, Ten-Fifteen Transit Board, Central Iowa Detention Center, Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and the AHEAD Regional Housing Trust Fund, along with other committee assignments.
Besides his farm and family life and Board of Supervisors work, Rozenboom has served as an elder and deacon in the Bethel Christian Reformed Church and served several years on the board for the Oskaloosa Christian School. He served on community boards for many years, including a stint as chairman on two local agencies: the Human Services Resource Council, an organization that provides emergency needs for low income families and the Christian Opportunity Center board, which provides residential and vocational services for special needs adults. Additionally, Rozenboom is a member of the Mahaska County Farm Bureau.
Rozenboom is married, and he and his wife, Becky, have two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Their daughter and son-in-law live in New South Wales, Australia. Their son lives and works in Des Moines.