An Iowa life

- Rex Troute for Iowa State Senate

When old enough to carry a pail of corn or fetch a tool for his father, Rex Troute learned hard work at an early age on the Troute farm just south of the Burlington airport. Through struggle and persistence, the Troute Tribe lifted themselves into the middle class.

During his youth, Rex involved himself with 4-H and sports. His reward for showing the grand champion heifer one summer was a bloody lip provided by the winner. Athletics brought his love for being a team player on the football and baseball fields, basketball court and the track.

A great public education was provided through the Burlington school system, attending Black Hawk Elementary, James Madison Middle School, Apollo and Burlington High School. An early inclination towards politics occurred in seventh grade. Rex and two classmates, who would become lawyers, stood outside Alan Mohr’s classroom and discussed the 1968 presidential campaign until the bell rang.

Spending his freshman year at Southeastern Community College, Rex ran for student senate. He was elected, despite his name being misspelled on the ballot as Tex Troute. He served on the judiciary committee where he learned a few lessons on upholding the law.

At Iowa State University, Rex majored in Industrial Administration with an emphasis on marketing. He served as secretary of his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, and was a member of ISU’s Campus Chest committee helping to raise funds for charity.

Upon graduation, the next 13 years were spent largely in sales and management jobs. Rex managed a clothing store in West Des Moines, a wholesale tire store in Des Moines and was the advertising manager of the Urbandale News.

Rex found his calling when he returned to his hometown in 1991 to write a novel. He answered an ad in The Hawk Eye for a part-time sports writer position. That led to a 26-year career in journalism where he earned honors for writing sports, news and business stories. He worked for four newspaper companies in Iowa and one in the Twin Cities before returning to the Hawk Eye in 2001. As business editor he had the privilege of doing stories in nearly every town in Des Moines and Louisa counties.

In the past 10 years, he published two novels “Rock ’n’ Roll Savior” and “Created.”
Upon retirement in 2017, the yearn to run for office became strong. Rex felt he acquired some of his political bent from his grandfather, Carl Troute, who served as mayor in Carthage, Ill.

A love for Iowa and especially this southeast corner of it, has him running for state senate for several reasons. We as a state need to grow, keep our youth home and refuse to settle for second best to any other state.

Iowa will never have purple mountains majesty or blue oceans to attract people to our great state. We have the Big Muddy and Mighty Mississippi bookending our borders. We have to work harder to keep college graduates home and attract others to fill available jobs.

As your next state senator I will introduce a starting wage bill, which will increase the minimum wage bill three times over five years so we can compete with our neighboring states. I refer to it as boost up economics, so working Iowans don’t have to struggle so hard to make ends meet.

Health care, economic development, education and agricultural issues also will be a main focus. Everything I do in the Senate will be aimed at building a stronger Iowa.