Speaker Profile

J.D. Scholten

State Director - Iowa
Working Hero

J.D. Scholten was the 2018 Democratic nominee against Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th District. He received nationwide attention for his strong grassroots campaign, falling just 3 points short in a district that Donald Trump won by 27 points in 2016. He grew up in Sioux City. He attended college and played baseball at Morningside College and the University of Nebraska. After college, he played baseball in 7 different countries. He then went on to work as a paralegal before he launched his congressional campaign. Currently, J.D. is the State Director for Working Hero, an antipoverty nonprofit that focuses on raising awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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