State Sen. Rob Hogg is announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate, tomorrow in his grandmother's hometown of Callendar, located in Webster County. The Cedar Rapids Democrat will challenge Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, who has held his seat since 1981.
Hogg says he is not worried about running a financially competitive campaign against the incumbent, though he says the nation needs campaign finance reform.
"Campaigns are primarily about people," says Hogg. "Voters get to make the decision at the end of the day. So I'm not concerned about the cost of the campaign. I believe we can run a campaign that will be competitive and that will honor our best traditions and values."
According to Quinnipiac University poll from July, Grassley has an approval rating of 68 percent.
Hogg has served in the state senate since 2007 and won his last election with nearly 62 percent of the vote. From 2003-2007 Hogg represented parts of Cedar Rapids in the Iowa House.
In 1988 Hogg recieved a B.A. in history from University of Iowa and is a 1995 graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Law. He currently practices at Elderkin and Pirnie in Cedar Rapids.
Hogg and his wife Kate have three children.