Rep. Dan Muhlbauer
Rep. Dan Muhlbauer
March 12, 2014

State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer, D-Manilla, officially announced Thursday night that he will seek re-election to a third term in the Iowa House of Representatives.

"Last session, we made great progress building Iowa's skilled workforce, protecting our natural resources, and lowering property taxes for our local businesses," said Muhlbauer, a cattleman who is chairman of the House Rural Caucus. "I'll keep working hard and listening to the people of my district to keep focused on the issues important to them."

The only announced Republican candidate with just days remaining until the filing deadline to make the ballot is Carroll businessman Brian Best, a resident of Glidden.

In 2010, in his first bid for the House, Muhlbauer dominated his Republican opponent Dan Dirkx, 59 percent to 41 percent, for election to the District 51 seat that had been held by Rod Roberts, a Carroll Republican.

The district, which included all of Carroll County and parts of Crawford and Sac counties, had been reliably Republican with the highly popular Roberts running unopposed for the better part of a decade until seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2010.

In 2012, with the post-census new districts in play, Muhlbauer cruised to election in House District 12 over Carroll Republican Barney Bornhoft. Muhlbauer captured 57 percent of the vote in the district that includes all of Carroll and Audubon counties and part of Crawford County.

Muhlbauer is ranking member of the Administrative Rules Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Public Safety, Veterans Affairs and Ways and Means committees. He was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the House Rural Caucus. The Rural Caucus was created to give legislators an opportunity to work together on issues like boosting rural job creation, meeting Iowa's rural infrastructure needs, and guaranteeing adequate resources for rural schools.

"It's been a great honor serving the people of Carroll, Crawford and Audubon counties in the Iowa House," said Muhlbauer. "We must keep working across party lines to grow Iowa's middle class in rural Iowa and guarantee that every child gets a quality education and graduates with the skills necessary to land a good-paying job."

Muhlbauer and his wife, Patti, were married in 1978, and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They live on a farm outside Manilla. They are members of United Methodist Church in Manning.

A former Crawford County supervisor, Muhlbauer has served on several boards including the Crawford County Development Corporation, Youth Emergency Services in Cherokee, and West Central Community Action in Harlan.