Rich Higdon

Iowa House District 27

Contact Rich:
12604 Elk Ridge Rd
Lamoni, IA 50140


Retired Major Rich Higdon, who now farms outside Lamoni, is running for state representative in District 27, which includes Clarke, Decatur, and Wayne counties.

Major Higdon grew up in Lamoni working on the family farm and graduated from Lamoni High School. He is an Eagle Scout and graduate of Graceland University, where his parents taught and both later became president. After graduation from college, Major Rich Higdon worked in the private sector in the agriculture industry and earned his MBA before joining the United States Air Force.

Major Higdon served many years as a medical administrator in the U.S. Air Force. He was serving in Washington, DC on 9/11 and his unit coordinated the military medical response to the attack on the Pentagon. Later, he was assigned to the Department of Defense Inspectors General’s (DoDIG) Office, where he worked on protecting the US from dangerous materials such as anthrax and other hazardous agents as well as working to end human trafficking.

In 2005, Major Higdon was sent to Iraq and Jordan to evaluate the Iraqi police force. After he retired from the USAF in 2009, he served as an advisor in Afghanistan to help local leaders rebuild their own country. Maj. Higdon was instrumental in bringing his Afghan interpreter and his family out of Afghanistan because Afghans who assisted the
U.S. face targeting by the Taliban.

Iowa House District 27

Osceola, Woodburn, Leon, Lamoni, Corydon, Lucas