A lifelong Iowan, Jack grew up in Grinnell and graduated from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State he was a three-year starter as wide receiver for the Iowa State Cyclones football team, and finished his eligibility ranked in the top ten in all-time receiving yards and all-time receptions.
Always an entrepreneur at heart, immediately upon graduation he started a small business—Acceleration Iowa—from scratch. In 11 years he has grown Acceleration Iowa and subsequently CrossFit into a successful company with multiple locations. Both the values he was raised with and the experience of founding and growing a small business have shaped his political philosophy.
A fierce believer in lower taxes and less government, Jack has spent the last four years focused on budget issues and fighting for fiscal discipline. He has filed bills to reduce and eliminate Iowa’s income tax, add a Balanced Budget Amendment to Iowa’s Constitution, and empower all Iowa parents with the freedom of school choice.
In addition to fighting for these principals, in the years ahead Jack’s focus will include meeting the challenge of modernizing our state government. He believes the key to Iowa’s future is a 21st century economy which blends the technology, innovation, and efficiency of the present with the traditional values of hard work and sacrifice Iowans have always been known for.
Since being elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011—in 2012 Jack graduated from Drake University Law School, in 2013 he passed the Iowa Bar Examination, and in 2014 his Senate colleagues chose him to serve in leadership as the Republican Whip.
He and his wife Rachel live in Ankeny, where they are proudly raising their three children, Ella, Elin, and Drew.