“I want to serve my district and bring home jobs that pay a living wage so that I can help people rise out of poverty like I did,” Phil says. “I know their struggles, because I’ve experienced them.”
Born and raised in Iowa, Phil graduated from Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa before moving home to manage his family’s tree farm in rural Muscatine County. Phil has taken an active role in serving his community throughout his life. From his early achievement as an Eagle Scout to implementing recent forestry improvement plans to serving on the board for the Muscatine Art Center, he has always had a heart to serve Muscatine.
“This community has given me so much, and it’s time to give back now more than ever,” Phil says. “I will fight for the working class. That means rather than slashing education funding, I will be a vocal advocate for our public schools.”
At 18, Phil purchased his first small business, the Tipton Maid-Rite, and went on to own several other small businesses, including the Clam Shell Diner in downtown Muscatine. “I know what it’s like to start a small business and struggle,” said Wiese, a Democrat. “If elected, I will bring together small business owners, entrepreneurs and workers to generate ideas that will make it easier for small businesses to thrive here in Muscatine.”
An active member of the community, Phil serves on the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center board. He is a member of the Muscatine Young Professionals Network, the University of Iowa Alumni Association, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited and the Iowa Bow Hunters Association. He has been an active hunter and fisherman for nearly ten years, and he attends church at Calvary United Methodist Church in Walcott, Iowa.