Dan Muhlbauer was born and raised on an Iowa farm. He graduated from Manilla High School in 1976. He furthered his education at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA, receiving his agricultural business degree.
He is the son of the late Louis Muhlbauer who served as Crawford County Supervisor and State Representative. Louis served the Iowa House of Representatives from 1983-1993. Dan’s mother, Phyllis, resides in Manilla and is excited to see the family legacy continue.
He and his wife Patti were married in 1979. Shortly following their marriage, they purchased their home place and have been farming ever since. They have 3 grown children. Their oldest daughter, Beth, is married to David Swearingen and they have a son, Brody. Beth works for the city of Manning and David is an auto technician at Swearingen Auto in Manning also. Their son, David and his wife Linda, have 2 children, Chas and Ava. David is involved in the farming operation with them. Linda is the office manager at Manning Regional Health Center. Their youngest daughter, Megan, is married to Robert Riesselman. Megan is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant for AEA 11 out of Carroll. Robert is also in the farming operation with them. Dan and Patti feel very blessed to have their children and grandchildren close to them!
Dan and Patti are members of the United Methodist Church in Manning, IA. They serve as church council chairs. Dan is involved with Men’s Group and Lay Ministry.
The Muhlbauer farming operation consists of row crop, cattle feeding and isowean hogs. Dan enjoys riding horses, and relaxing with his family and friends.
In November of ’04, Dan was elected as a Crawford County Supervisor. He has served in this position for 5 years. He served as chairman in 2006 and is currently the vice-chair. Some of his accomplishments as county supervisor are maintaining a $4 million balance in the reserve fund, building a new 28 bed county jail facility, installing a new heating and electrical system in the Crawford County Courthouse, and his efforts to change the gravel road maintenance practices.
Dan has served on several boards such as the Crawford Co. Development Corporation, Youth Emergency Services in Cherokee, and West Central Community Action in Harlan. He serves as secretary for West Central Community Action and is chairman of the emergency foods and shelter program for the West Central organization. Along with this, he has served on the M&M Divide board.
Dan is running for the State Representative in District 51 so he can be a strong voice for western Iowa. Dan’s 32 years of farming, along with his 2 terms as county supervisor, give him the background and experience necessary to best represent the district.