Schmett for Congress

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Wednesday, June 25

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Kim Schmett

Iowans for Kim Schmett

PO Box 3804
Urbandale, IA 50323

(515) 309-2925

Kim Schmett

Kim Schmett is the Republican nominee for Congress in Iowa’s Third Congressional District. He filed papers on March 13, 2008, to be a candidate in the district which consists of Benton, Grundy, Iowa, Jasper, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Polk, Poweshiek, and Tama Counties. He was born on December 11, 1952, in Oakland City, Indiana. His parents were Charles Schmett, a high school basketball coach and superintendent, and Ruth Cromer Schmett, a special education teacher. He graduated as valedictorian from Beecher City High School in Beecher City, Illinois, in 1971.

Kim served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He entered the service in 1972 and was honorably discharged in 1974

He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was both a Hobart Heller Scholar and Illinois State Scholar. In 1979, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent College of Law.

Kim practiced law from 1981 to 1983, passing both the Iowa and Illinois bar exams. In 1983, he was appointed by Gov. Branstad as a member of the Iowa Employment Appeal Board, reviewing unemployment and OSHA cases.

For ten years, from 1986 to 1996, Schmett served as the chief administrative law judge with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. The division conducted more than 10,000 administrative law hearings each year. Schmett proposed and created the division, which was one of the first of its kind in the nation.

During that time, from 1994 to 1996, he also served as the investigations division administrator for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. In that role, he was responsible for all statewide Medicaid and welfare fraud investigations, and supervised teams of auditors and investigators in nine field offices. The division won state and national awards following his redesign, which doubled welfare fraud recoveries.

This experience led Schmett to be tapped as the director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals in 1996 in Gov. Branstad’s cabinet. Schmett served as chief of staff to Congressman Greg Ganske from 1999 until 2003.

Most recently, Kim has served as the executive director for the Coalition for Family and Children’s Services in Iowa. The Coalition is comprised of emergency shelters and agencies that provide counseling and other services to children and their families. Members of the Coalition are non-profit agencies that provide nearly all child welfare services in Iowa.

The centerpieces for his campaign are ensuring good jobs in a competitive international economy, keeping America free and safe, and maintaining a quality life for all Americans especially our elderly and most vulnerable.

Kim and his wife, Connie, reside in Clive.

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