Mike Breitbach
Mike Breitbach
Mike Breitbach (R) of Strawberry Point has launched his campaign for the Iowa Senate and pledged to run an aggressive grassroots campaign to represent the newly created Senate District 28, which includes Clayton and Allamakee Counties and portions of Winneshiek and Fayette counties in Northeast Iowa.

Breitbach is a 1974 graduate of Edgewood-Colesburg Community Schools and holds a degree in accounting and business from Loras College. He co-founded Trans Star Trucking and is a partner of Smith Insurance in Strawberry Point and Swales Precast Inc.

"My wife and I have been very blessed by being able to raise our family and grow our businesses in Northeast Iowa," said Breitbach. "I firmly believe there is no better place to live, grow or achieve than right here in Iowa and that is why I'm running for the Iowa Senate - to work hard to ensure our children and grandchildren have access to the same opportunities to be successful and prosperous."

Breitbach served four years on the Strawberry Point City Council and is a past board member of the Strawberry Point Chamber of Commerce, the Backbone Golf and Country Club and is past president of the Strawberry Point Jaycees. He served 26 years on the Strawberry Point Fire Department, including five years as chief.

Combining his business experience and community involvement, Breitbach said he has the familiarity and knowledge to bring about measurable results for taxpayers of Iowa. He aims to help balance the budget without raising taxes and promote a business climate where small business job creation can flourish.

"It is easy to point out the problems in our government," said Breitbach. "However, what we really need are leaders in office who can pinpoint those problems and, more importantly, find the solutions. I have a proven record of solving problems in business and I want to bring that approach to state government."

Breitbach's wife of 35 years, Teresa, is a registered nurse at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and Oelwein. They have four adult children and are members of St. Mary Catholic Church.

"Mike has demonstrated throughout his career that he is a dedicated family man, community leader, public servant and successful small business owner," said Senate Republican Leader Jerry Behn (R-Boone). "He would be a strong voice for Northeast Iowa in the Senate and I look forward to working with him to bring more jobs and careers to Iowa."

To learn more about Mike Breitbach and his vision for Iowa, visit http://www.friendsforbreitbach.com.

Former State Rep. John Beard (D) is also running for the seat.