Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek announced today he will run for the Iowa House in District 73, which includes eastern Johnson County, parts of Muscatine County, and all of Cedar County.

“After 35 years in law enforcement, I’ve learned how the policies made in Des Moines affect our local communities in Cedar, Muscatine, and Johnson Counties. It’s time for new leadership in the Iowa House who will put the interests of everyday Iowans and our local communities ahead of the special interests and party leaders,” said Pulkrabek, who announced last year he is not seeking another term as Sheriff.

Lonny is the former President of the Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association, former President of the Iowa State Association of Counties, and has been a public servant for 35 years. Lonny started as Johnson County Deputy Sheriff in July 1985, and then became Johnson County Sheriff in 2005. In his tenure as Sheriff, Pulkrabek has advocated for mental health and crisis intervention training for police officers, ultimately implementing the first mental health officer training in 2005, and the first crisis intervention training in 2017.

I know what laws are working and what laws aren’t, and I will use my experience to fix them. I’ll listen to the people of House District 73 and work together to invest in public schools, make healthcare affordable, create jobs, and revitalize rural communities.  That’s exactly the kind of representative I will be for you in Des Moines.”

Lonny and Julie Pulkrabek are both life-long Iowans. They have been married for 28 years and have one son, Sam who is engaged to his fiancé Jaelyn.