DES MOINES, Iowa – State Rep. Michael Bousselot, R-Ankeny, announced this week that he would run in Iowa Senate District 21. Bousselot won a special election in Iowa House District 37 following the death of State Rep. John Landon, R-Ankeny.
Iowa Senate District 21 consists of the city of Ankeny.
After redistricting, Bousselot was drawn into the new Iowa House District 42 with State Rep. Garrett Gobble, R-Ankeny, setting up a potential Republican primary. However, shortly before Bousselot’s announcement, Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, who currently lives in the new Iowa Senate District 21, said he would run for re-election in the new Iowa Senate District 23.
“I am running for Iowa Senate District 21 in 2022. I love working for my community at the State House. Ankeny voters asked me to represent them as a leader who listens, acts on principle, and works hard every day,” Bousselot said.
“I heard the voters’ message loud and clear. Ankeny wants someone at the Capitol who prioritizes the freedom and rights and decision making of families, the security of our state, and policies that reward Iowans for hard work and investing in Iowa,” he added.
So far, Bousselot just has the special session for redistricting under his belt. He will serve just one regular session in the Iowa House before running for the Iowa Senate.
He said he would focus on empowering parents in the education of their children, funding for school resource officers, and tax relief.
“Iowa has had tremendous success and I want to keep building to make our state an even better place to live and grow a family,” Bousselot concluded.
Before running for the Iowa House of Representatives, he previously served as the director of the Iowa Department of Management. Before that, he served as the chief of staff for former Gov. Terry Branstad.
Todd Brady of Ankeny announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Iowa Senate District 21. Earlier this year, Brady created the Vaccine Hunter website to help Iowans obtain COVID-19 vaccines across the state.