Solon community leader Dick Schwab announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for State Representative in House District 73. The district covers part of Johnson County, all of Cedar County, and Wilton in Muscatine County.

Schwab was named the Iowa City Press Citizen’s Person of the Year in 2001 and was President of the Solon School Board. He and his wife helped launch the Community Foundation of Johnson County with a $400,000 endowment to support health and human services, arts and education in Johnson County.

“There is more the state must do to help Iowa grow and prosper. We need a thriving business climate and more support for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We need a world class education system from preschool to higher education that is affordable for the middle class and will produce a skilled workforce ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” added Schwab, who helped launch Eastern Iowa Angel Investors to help Iowans turn their ideas and hard work into successful businesses.

Schwab served for six years on the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, including a one year term as President, and is an active supporter of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD). As chairman of the Johnson County United Way for two years, he helped raise more than $3 million and now serves on the United Way’s 2020 Vision Education

Commission. He has also served as a Big Brother and is a founder of the local Dollars for Scholars program. He continues to serves on the board of ScholarshipAmerica the nation’s largest private scholarship provider.

Schwab is currently a member of the MidWestOne Bank Board and the Solon School Board, where he has served as President. He is a member of the Friends of Hospice and the Johnson County Heritage Trust. He is a past chair of both the Mercy Hospital and Goodwill of the Heartland boards of directors. Schwab built and donated the circulation desk to the Solon Public Library and was also the lead donor for the Timber Dome Lodge in Solon.

Schwab grew up on a family farm in Minnesota and earned an accounting degree and an MBA before coming to Iowa. He and his wife, Katherine Burford, live on an acreage outside Solon. Now retired, he was Vice President of the Information Technology Division of NCS.