Walt Rogers >> Biography (House District 60)
P.O. Box 1142
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Walt was born on July 5, 1961, as the sixth of what would be eight children. Some would say, “Wow, you just missed being born on the Fourth of July.” But in Walt’s philosophy, it’s not just whether you declare freedom on one official day – it’s what you’re going to do about freedom the next day and the day after. And as he’s watched a government with an endless appetite for expansion erode our liberties, undercut our businesses, and intrude deeper into our lives, it has become obvious that we need leaders to step up and turn things around.
Rogers continues to counsel parents, students and consult with youth organizations nationally. He has experience as a concert/event planner, including founding and directing Onefest, one of the largest indoor musical festivals in the Midwest. His work through board memberships in the Safe and Drug Free Committee, Alternatives Pregnancy Center, My Waterloo Days and Love Cedar Valley has honed his leadership skills and given him an appreciation for local grassroots efforts.
Walt attended St. Nicholas Elementary School, St. Edward Middle School, and graduated from Columbus High School in 1979, after being active in Student Council, track, cross-country, and football. It was during high school that Walt met Jenny Ridder; they were married in 1980. Walt then attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Technology Degree with an emphasis in Manufacturing and Management Technology in 1984. While at UNI, Walt was a member of the track team, and was active in both the Society of Mechanical Engineers and the technical fraternity Epsilon Pi Tau.
Walt and Jenny have lived in Cedar Falls for 33 years. Together they have three children and seven grandchildren: Jonathan, Alli and Michael. Jonathan and his wife Katie live and work in Cedar Falls, Alli and her husband Kirk live and work in Portland, Oregon, and Michael and his wife Kristen live and work Cedar Falls.
Walt was elected an Assistant Leader by House Republicans in 2013.