I ran for the Iowa Senate to make our state the best place in America to live, work and raise a family. I’m proud of our progress, but there is more work to be done. That’s why I am asking for your support.
Senator Charles Schneider is the President of the Iowa Senate. He was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. Senator Schneider was elected President of the Senate by his colleagues in 2018 and re-elected in January 2019 to a full two-year term.
Before being elected to the Iowa Senate, Charles was a West Des Moines City Councilman for five years. In that capacity, he chaired the Council’s Finance and Administration Subcommittee and served on the Council’s Public Safety Subcommittee. He was also the Council’s liaison to the West Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees, and he represented the Council on the Board of Directors of the Wastewater Reclamation Authority and the Metro Waste Authority.
Charles has also served his community as a Plan and Zoning Commissioner, President of the West Des Moines Development Corporation, a member of West Des Moines Rotary and of the Iowa Taxpayers Association’s Accountable Government Committee, and he served on the Board of Directors of Central Iowa Shelter & Services (f/k/a Churches United), a Des Moines homeless shelter.
Charles was a member of the 2006-2007 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and of the Des Moines Business Record’s 2007 Forty Under 40 class. He also was a member of the 2003-2004 Leadership Iowa class. In 2011, he received the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Government Leadership Award.
Charles is Counsel for Principal Financial Group, where he has worked since 2007. Before joining Principal, he was a lawyer with the law firm of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC.
Charles attended Sacred Heart School and Dowling High School in West Des Moines before his family moved to Newton, where he graduated from Newton Senior High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Creighton University, and his law and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Lisa reside in West Des Moines and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Church.
My top priority is to make sure state government lives within its means. We have passed responsible budgets that keep spending under control, while providing sustainable funding for the things that matter, like education and infrastructure.
Iowa has two main barriers to economic growth. Our taxes are too high and we don’t have enough workers. I’ve worked hard to address both of these challenges. On taxes, I’m proud to have supported 2018 income tax cuts that put nearly $1,000 back into the pockets of thousands of Iowa families. It was the largest tax cut in state history. I’m also proud to have supported Gov. Reynold’s Future Ready Iowa plan, which created a pathway for addressing Iowa’s workforce shortage.
These policies, and others enacted by the Legislature since 2017, are working. Iowa has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Iowa businesses are growing and our economy is thriving.
One of our state government’s top priorities is to educate our children. Last year, taxpayers invested a total of $7.1 billion into education in Iowa. That’s $14,600 per student. Since Republicans took the majority in the Iowa Senate, we invested $260 million in sustainable funding into K-12 education over the last three years. According to a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trust, Iowa is #2 for education funding increases since 2008.
Our investments are working. U.S. News & World Report ranks Iowa #5 overall in education. Iowa is #1 in public high school graduation rate and #2 for average ACT scores. Additionally, we are #8 for average teacher salary. Education in Iowa is working!
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