Kurt was born and raised in Davis County. He is the son of Basil and Betty Swaim. Basil was a rural mail carrier, and Betty worked as a teacher’s aide when not working in the home.
Kurt graduated from Davis County High School before attending Iowa Wesleyan. After graduating with a degree in economics and business administration, he went to the University of Iowa Law School. He was a member of its Order of the Coif. Kurt’s first job was as an associate attorney with Lundy, Butler, Wilson & Hall in Eldora from 1975-1978. He then served as the Senior Staff Attorney in the Northeast Regional Office of Legal Services Corporation of Iowa in Dubuque from 1978-1981.
Currently, Kurt is a partner in a three-person law firm in Bloomfield with his two sons, Justin and Joshua. In the past, Kurt served as the Davis County Attorney for thirteen years.
Kurt and his wife, Julie, have four children and five grandchildren. Julie works in the law office. Both are active members of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Kurt is a past chair of both the church’s administrative board and finance committee. He has also served as Lay Leader and is currently the Lay Representative to the Annual Conference. He has also been active in the Lions Club and the Masons in the past. He served as both president and treasurer of the Lions Club.
Kurt ran for the Statehouse because he believes that government should look beyond its next election cycle to develop long range solutions to the challenges facing the people of Iowa. He believes rural Iowa offers a great quality of life. He wants to work hard to see that rural Iowa is not left out as opportunities are expanded for all Iowans. This includes ensuring that local schools and county governments receive adequate authority from the state so they can be both economically efficient, and accessible to all citizens.