Davenport, IA – Today, award-winning educator Ken Krumwiede announced that he will run for State Representative in House District 92, which includes parts of Northwest Davenport, Eldridge, Blue Grass, Long Grove, New Liberty, Maysville and Buffalo Township.
“I’m deeply concerned that some politicians in Des Moines are refusing to invest in adequate and equal funding for Iowa public schools,” said Ken Krumwiede. “In more than 40 years working in the Davenport School District, I saw first-hand what works in the classroom, and that we need to provide all our students with the opportunity for a world class education.”
Krumwiede began his career teaching special education, but over the course of more than four decades ended up serving as a Principal in both Elementary and Special Education schools. During that time he was frequently recognized for his leadership and success as an educator, winning awards including: Mississippi Bend AEA Principal of The Year, School Administrators of Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year, Milken Foundation National Educator Award, and the Blue Ribbon School Principal and National Distinguished Principal awards from the U.S. Department of Education.
“Iowa’s children are our future, plain and simple,” said Ken, a Democrat. “I know that by working together, there is more the legislature can do to address not only the school environments where our students spend their days, but to fight for preschool access for all 4-year-olds, mental health services for children, and to eliminate poverty in their homes.”
Krumwiede was raised on a family farm until his father was seriously injured in a farm accident. Ken and his family grew up without the resources many take for granted. Determined to become the first in his family to graduate from college, Ken took part time jobs beginning in high school to pay his own way through Iowa Lakes Community College and the University of Northern Iowa. A veteran, Ken served as a Chaplin’s Assistant in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970, working with soldiers returning from Vietnam.
“In the legislature, I’ll be a strong advocate for families who are facing hard times,” added Krumwiede. “By raising the minimum wage, making sure we work in a bipartisan fashion to create jobs, and by investing in our children and their families, we can put all Iowans on a path to a better future.”
Since retiring from the school system, Ken has served as a consultant with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency. He also served for a decade on the Davenport School Board, including three years as Vice President. Ken’s and his wife Jane — a retired Kindergarten teacher who also worked in the Davenport School District — have two children who graduated from the Davenport School District. He and his wife are active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport, where Ken has served on church council, as assisting minister, as a visitor to shut-ins and on several other committees. Ken also holds a Master’s Degree from the former Marycrest University and his Educational Administration and Supervision certification from Western Illinois University.