Former Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge has announced her candidacy for United States Senate.

Judge released the following statement announcing her candidacy:
 
“I’ve been fortunate to grow up in Iowa and to farm in Monroe county. I have served my friends and neighbors in the state Senate, and as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture and Lieutenant Governor. Throughout my entire life in Iowa and during my time in office, I’ve always been proud of the way Iowans work together. From leading our state’s response to catastrophic flooding in 2008 to advocating for Iowa agriculture and biofuels, I’ve witnessed Iowans from all walks of life join together to strengthen our state.
 
“In the past, I’ve worked with Senator Grassley, but unfortunately he has changed. Senator Grassley is acting like someone who has been in Washington for far too long. Instead of working on behalf of Iowans, he’s working for his friends in Washington to block progress and promote obstructionism.”
 
“I’m running for Senate because we need to start working for Iowans again. We need a Senator who will promote progress and not forget who they represent. I look forward to traveling across our great state in the weeks and months ahead. I hope Iowans will support my campaign and send a strong message about the kind of representation we want in Washington.”
 
Following two terms in the Iowa Senate, Patty was the first woman in Iowa history to become the state’s Secretary of Agriculture. During her time as Lt. Governor, Patty also served as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. A lifelong resident of Iowa, Patty and her family have owned a cow/calf farm in Monroe County for over 40 years. Patty and her husband John have three sons and four grandchildren, all of whom still call Iowa home.