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After working in organizational politics, Jon joined Congressman Leonard Boswell's Washington office in 1999 as a Legislative Assistant, with primary responsibility for the Congressman's staff work on the House Agriculture Committee. Jon played a vital role in helping the Congressman craft important legislation, including mandatory price reporting which gave livestock producers more transparency into the pricing practices of the meat packing industry.
Jon left Congressman Boswell's office in 2001 to accept a position with his alma mater, Iowa State University. Jon opened ISU's first Washington, D.C. office, and developed the university's federal legislative agenda. Working closely with Iowa's congressional delegation, Jon was successful in bringing significant funding for cutting edge research to Iowa. In 2005, Jon was promoted to Director of Federal Relations and joined the President's Cabinet. In addition to his ISU duties, Jon played leadership roles on several higher education advocacy groups, capitalizing on his expertise in the areas of agriculture and energy.
In March 2007, Jon was nominated by Governor Culver to become Director of the Iowa Office for State-Federal Relations (OSFR) and was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate. As the state's point person on federal policy, Jon has been part of the team that has helped secure billions of dollars to assist Iowa in tackling the challenges presented by the floods of 2008 and the effects of the worldwide economic downturn.
Like a lot of Iowa families and businesses, state government has had to do more with less in this economic downturn. Jon has cut spending by reducing staff and eliminating the use of contract lobbyists for federal relations. Overall spending associated with OSFR has been reduced significantly since 2007. Despite the reduction in funding, OSFR has continued to be a highly effective advocate on behalf of Iowans. In 2009, Iowa was awarded nearly $6.6 billion in federal funding, nearly 1/3 more than the previous year.
In February 2009, Governor Culver charged Jon with leading Iowa's implementation team for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Iowa's ARRA team worked quickly, organizing two dozen departments of state government to receive, expend and monitor funding from over 80 federal programs totaling nearly $2.4 billion. The Iowa ARRA team also created an innovative "dashboard" feature on the www.recovery.iowa.gov website that allows Iowans to track where the money is being spent.
Jon is a Des Moines native and a 1994 graduate of Iowa State University. In addition to his love of politics and public policy, Jon is an avid runner and has completed seven marathons and several multi-sport events. Jon also enjoys following the Chicago Cubs and every year insists, "this is the year".
Jon is married to Katherine Lefert, a pediatric physical therapist at ChildServe in Johnston. They live in the Des Moines neighborhood of Sherman Hill with their one-year old son, Hank.
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