DES MOINES, Iowa – On Wednesday, State Rep. Jarad Klein, R-Keota, announced he will not seek re-election to the Iowa House in 2022. Klein will serve out his current term representing Iowa House District 78. After redistricting, Klein resides in the newly drawn Iowa House District 92.
The new district consists of Washington County and south-central and southeast rural Johnson County. With no incumbent running in 2022, it will be an open seat. Klein’s current district consists of Keokuk County and most of Washington County.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to represent Southeast Iowa in the Statehouse these past 12 years,” Klein said. “As I announce my intention to not seek re-election, I can look back with immense pride on everything we’ve accomplished, including farm protections, safeguarding second amendment rights, balancing the state budget, supporting our law enforcement, and the changes made to collective bargaining. I will continue to be involved in my community in various ways and do my best to ensure that I leave the people of new House District 92 in good hands.”
Klein is a fifth-generation farmer and grew up on his family farm just north of Keota. Klein’s political career began during his first year of college at Drake University when he interned for the George W. Bush campaign. While interning in Washington D.C. he had the opportunity to take classes that helped shape his successful political career. Klein credits his participation in the Leadership Institute for enabling him to succeed in his various roles in politics. He went on to clerk at the Iowa Statehouse, serve as Keokuk County Republican Party Chairman and member of the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee.
Klein began his tenure in the Iowa House of Representatives in 2011 and serves as Chairman of the Public Safety committee, a role he has held for the past four years. In addition, he serves on the Agriculture, Judiciary and Environmental Protection committees. Klein has also served on the Labor, and Natural Resources committees, and was Vice Chair of the Agriculture Budget subcommittee, and held the role of Assistant Majority Leader for 6 years.
Upon concluding his role at the Iowa Statehouse, Klein looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Rachel, and five young children. He greatly anticipates watching his children’s activities such as basketball and baseball games, wrestling matches, 4-H shows, and helping with their 4-H projects.
“Once again, it was truly a pleasure to serve the people of House District 78 in this capacity for the past 12 years. Thank you for entrusting me to represent you,” Klein concluded.