ORANGE CITY, Iowa – State Rep. Skyler Wheeler, R-Orange City, announced he will seek a fourth term to the Iowa House in the newly created Iowa House District 4. He originally announced he would run in Iowa House District 3, but this decision will avoid a primary with his Republican colleague State Rep. Tom Jeneary of Le Mars.
“This is a decision I do not make lightly,” Wheeler said. “The original plan of staying in Orange City is no more. With the difficult position Rep. Jeneary and I were put into, we believe it is best to avoid expending tens of thousands of dollars in a primary that could be avoided when that money should go toward defeating Democrats and keeping strong conservative voices in the Iowa House. Jess and I have spent an enormous amount of time in prayer, asking God what our best move is for our future as we continue to grow our family.”
Jeneary expressed his gratitude for Wheeler’s decision.
“Rep. Wheeler has shown great courage in moving his family into a new district,” he said. “This shows his desire to continue to serve the people of Northwest Iowa and to keep strong conservative voices in the Iowa House. I have known Rep. Wheeler for the past four years and he has championed life, Second Amendment, tax cuts, and keeping our students in school. I give my total support to Rep. Wheeler.”
The new Iowa House District 4 includes Sioux Center, northern Sioux County, and all of Lyon County. Wheeler currently represents a portion of the district, including the towns of Rock Valley, Hull and Sioux Center.
“I want to thank all of those who have been understanding and patient with Rep. Jeneary and I as we worked through this,” Wheeler stated. “It is no secret that I love the people of Hull, Rock Valley and Sioux Center who have shown an enormous amount of support for my efforts in the Iowa House. Over the years I’ve worked with people in the new portion of this district and I look forward to getting to know them even further. This is a dream fit and I would be honored to become the representative for House District 4.”
He currently serves on the House Judiciary, Ways and Means, Local Government, and Justice Systems Appropriations Budget Subcommittee. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the House Education Committee.
Wheeler, 28, is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City where he lives with his wife Jess, his daughter Adalynn, and his son Stetson. The Wheeler family plans to move north in the coming months.