Rathje brings business background into U.S. House race

Cedar Rapids business owner Steve Rathje said he has experience in how government can impact jobs and businesses in the state.

Now, he wants to put that experience to use as a lawmaker in Washington, D.C., to improve Iowa’s economy.

Rathje, a Republican running for U.S. Congress, spoke to the Marshall County Pachyderm Club Friday as part of a visit in Marshalltown which included several stops.

The 1st Congressional District candidate for 2014 said he feels as though knocking on doors and meeting people is key to his campaign.

“Our goal is to win this campaign on the ground with a grassroots effort,” Rathje said. “We are going to knock on every door we can and we are going to be doing a lot of listening to a lot of people.”

Rathje, who owns International Procurement Services, comes to his campaign with a big economic plan to create jobs and cut spending.

“I’ve been able to see first hand how the government affects the economy,” Rathje said. “I believe we need to put together solutions to the problems.”

He said his plan will put more money in the pockets of taxpayers. One of the keys to his plan is lowering the corporate income tax rate, which he said is the highest in the world.

Rathje ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010. This 1st Congressional seat will be open with U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, running for U.S. Senate.

Next Friday’s Pachyderm speaker is Tom Colbert of the Marshall County Historical Society. He will speak at noon at Cecil’s Cafe. It is open to the public.