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Walt Rogers hires 3, forms exploratory committee for Congress

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State Rep. Walt Rogers has gotten one step closer to running for the seat being vacated by Bruce Braley, who is planning to run for Sen. Tom Harkin's seat when he retires in 2014.

In a statement released late Tuesday, Rogers said that he "has taken an additional step toward a possible campaign by hiring three staff members."

Rogers has hired Justin Bartlett, Josh Wilson and Nate Hohnstein.

Bartlett managed all of Rogers’ state legislative campaigns as well as Matt Reisetter’s 2012 Iowa Senate campaign. He will oversee the exploratory committee and will serve as campaign manager if Rogers enters the Congressional race.

Wilson, a Waterloo native, will be director of operations. He has served as public liaison to the Governor in the Branstad/Reynolds administration and as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Hohnstein, a Cedar Falls native, will serve as the field director. He previously worked as the Northeast Iowa Field Director for the Iowa Republicans’ House Majority Fund and as a clerk for Rep. Quentin Sanderson.

“These staff members bring the experience, the talent, and the personal connections to lay the groundwork for a possible Congressional campaign,” Rogers said in a written statement. “This brings us one step closer to a full-blown campaign, and we hope to make an announcement in the coming weeks.”

Rogers began serving in the Iowa House in 2010. He was elected by his colleagues as an Assistant Majority Leader during his first term. He was reelected in 2012.

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