On Monday, Representative Terry Baxter (R-Garner) announced his plan to retire from the Iowa House after serving out his current term through 2022. Baxter is the current representative of House District 8, but under the recently confirmed redistricting maps now resides in House District 56.
“It has been a wonderful personal privilege serving my constituents in District 8,” said Baxter. “As we faced redistricting, I prayed and sought counsel from family and friends. It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that I announce that I have decided to not seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives. I look forward to ending strong as I serve out my final year in the Iowa Legislature.”
Baxter is cofounder of GoServe Global, a nondenominational faith-based organization that provides essential humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in communities around the world. He has chosen to retire from the legislature to work full-time in ministry with GoServe as well as spend his remaining years devoted to family, writing, and speaking at conferences.
In his absence, Mark Thompson (R-Belmond) announced his bid for Iowa House in District 56. Thompson is a 20 veteran of the Marine Corps. He served 18 years as a counterterrorism leader at the Department of State while deploying to over 60 countries. Having grown up in Eagle Grove, he returned to Iowa in 2016 and worked part-time with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“At the age of 18 I took an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,” said Thompson. “That oath has no expiration date. It would be an honor to continue to serve in a new capacity by representing House District 56.”
Baxter threw his support behind Thompson.
“I care deeply that in my absence, House District 56 still has a representative that shares the community’s values,” said Baxter. “I believe Thompson will work hard to listen to the people of Hancock, Humboldt and Wright counties and take their concerns and priorities to the statehouse.”
Thompson is an active volunteer in church youth programs and the American Legion. He substitute teaches along with returning to his roots helping harvest each year.