Candidate Profile: Ken Rizer

Rizer headshotKen Rizer, of Cedar Rapids, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 68 which includes Marion in Linn County.

Ken served for 25 years as an Air Force commander and fighter pilot where he commanded an F-16 fighter squadron, and F-16 fighter group at Andrews Air Force Base.  At Andrews he was responsible for 60,000 military personnel and their families around the world, balanced a $252 million budget, opened the Department of Defense’s first combined charter school, ensured security for all senior US and foreign officials, and procured a $30 million helicopter operations facility.

Ken is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, earning a B.S. in Foreign Affairs.  He was selected as an Olmstead Scholar, learned Swedish and attended the University of Stockholm in Sweden where he studied International Security.  He completed an M.S. with Highest Academic Distinction in Strategic Studies at Air University’s Air War College.  He has also earned an MPA in Leadership, Politics, and National Security from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Currently, Ken is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Goodwill of the Heartland.  He is a published author, speaker, and military division-winning Ironman triathlete.

Ken and his wife, Cheri, have been married for 25 years and have four children.

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