Scott D. Ourth of Ackworth, Iowa, currently serves as director of public affairs for Warren County, located in South Central Iowa.
Mr. Ourth is a graduate of Graceland College (Lamoni, Iowa). After college he took graduate courses at Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan) and the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tennessee).
Scott’s career in public service began in Washington, DC nearly a quarter century ago. He first served on Capitol Hill as a policy analyst and congressional press secretary. Before long he was invited to act as senior advisor on several United States Senate, House of Representatives, and gubernatorial campaigns. In 1998, following his management roles in many successful, high-profile campaigns, he returned to Iowa to serve as 3rd Congressional District field director for Gov. Tom Vilsack and Rep. Leonard Boswell’s successful coordinated campaign. He later served as campaign director for Rep. Boswell’s 2000 re-election race. He has continued to act as senior consultant on many state and federal campaigns. In 2006, Scott served as state field director for Chet Culver’s successful bid for governor. He then became aide to the Majority Leader of the Iowa House of Representatives during the 2007 legislative session. Most recently Scott took a leave of absence from his administrative post to manage Congressman Leonard Boswell’s successful campaign during the Democratic primary of 2008.
A lifelong advocate for persons with disabilities, Scott served four years as an executive with ARC Michigan and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service. While serving as Assistant Secretary of State under Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver he managed a disability rights portion of the Help America Vote Act, a $1.3 million federal mandate to ensure handicap accessibility to nearly 2,000 federal polling places. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Iowa Protection & Advocacy Services, Inc., a congressionally mandated disability-rights agency. Scott remains a devoted and passionate voice for equality and human rights.
Scott remains a dedicated friend of Graceland University. His family has been represented on the Graceland campus since 1924. He has supported the university financially for many years, and has dedicated the last six years to his membership on the Graceland Alumni Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the Community of Christ, and currently serves as a member of the Quorums of Seventy.
Scott swam 11 miles non-stop on two separate occasions across a portion of Lake Huron to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. He recently completed a non-stop hike of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness for children with developmental disabilities. Scott is married to Dr. Heather Ourth, assistant chief of pharmacy at the VA Hospital in Des Moines. Their son, Logan, is a fifth-grader at Emerson Elementary School in Indianola. Scott reads history, enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, and is a published author.