NEW SHARON, Iowa – State Rep. Dustin Hite, R-New Sharon, announced he will run for a third term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He currently represents Iowa House District 79, but under the newly confirmed redistricting maps, Hite will run for Iowa House District 88 in 2022.
“Serving my district is a humbling experience and I’m thankful to the voters of HD 79 for trusting me to represent them in Des Moines,” Hite said said in a released statement. “I work hard in the Iowa Statehouse to be a voice for my rural community and enact policies that make Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family. My work is not done, and I look forward to getting out and getting to know the people in the new House District 88 in the coming year as I ask for their vote.”
Iowa House District 88 includes most of Mahaska County, all of Keokuk County and parts of Jefferson County. Hite’s current district, which he will continue to represent through 2022, includes the Western half of Mahaska County and the Northeastern portion of Marion County including the town of Pella.
Speaker of the Iowa House Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, said Hite has become a reliable member of the House Republican caucus.
“Since his first term in the Iowa House, Representative Hite has taken a lead on major legislation to improve the lives of Iowans,” Grassley said. “He’s a strong leader and an unwavering voice for his district. I look forward to him continuing his work in the Iowa House.”
Hite currently chairs the Iowa House Education Committee and serves on the Iowa House Information Technology, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees. He lives in New Sharon with his wife Kate and his two kids.
State Rep. Holly Brink, R-Oskaloosa, who currently represents Iowa House District 80, was also drawn into the new Iowa House District 88. She has not made a public announcement about 2022. The Iowa Torch has reached out to Brink regarding her intentions. Neither Hite or Brink represented much of the newly drawn district. Hite, however, currently represents the largest population center, Oskaloosa, in Iowa House District 88.