David Pautsch, a Gold Star father, minister and businessman from Davenport, has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for Congress in Iowa’s First District as a Republican against current liberal GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Pautsch had two sons deployed in combat. One son, Army Cpl. Jason Pautsch, was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq on April 10, 2009. His other son, Jared, was injured by daily firefights in Afghanistan from 2009-2010. Both sons served in the 4th Infantry Division.
Pautsch is an Army veteran himself. He was a tuba player in the Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, VA from 1973-76.
A 1980 graduate of Virginia Tech, he started a marketing consulting business in 1985 and purchased the L.W. Ramsey Advertising Agency in 1990.
Pautsch is also the founder and director of the annual Quad Cities Prayer Breakfast, which started in 1995. In its 30th year, the event averages from 1,000-2,500 annual attendance.
“I am running for this congressional seat because Mariannette Miller-Meeks has lost her way,” Pautsch told The Iowa Standard. “She consistently votes wrong, because she has no passion for the God-given principles of our Constitutional Republic, for which my sons fought, and one died.”
Pautsch said most of all, he is running to restore the national and personal trust in God.
“(God) alone can give us the wisdom and power to build strong and healthy families, respect for life, economic prosperity, honest elections, patriotic and practical education and peace through strength,” he added.
Pautsch is also a father to three other sons and a daughter. He has lived in the Midwest for 56 years of his life. He also lived in Virginia, California, Colorado and Arizona for 13 years. He has spent the last 38 years in eastern Iowa.