State Representative Roger Thomas, D-Elkader, announced today that he will seek re-election in the new House District 55 which includes Fayette, Winneshiek, and Clayton Counties in 2012.

Thomas is currently serving his seventh term in the Iowa House. He serves as the Ranking Member of Economic Growth and Rebuild Iowa committee, and holds positions on Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Ways and Means committees, as well as the Transportation Committees and Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Budget Subcommittee.

Thomas graduated from Valley Community School in Elgin and entered the United States Air Force. After serving our country, Thomas returned his family to Iowa to start a small business in Wadena. Thomas and his wife, Rosemary now live on the family farm west of Elkader. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Thomas attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. In recent years, Roger was a business consultant for Iowa Workforce Development in Decorah.

Due to redistricting required every ten years by the United States Census, Representative Roger Thomas and Representative Andrew Wenthe were placed in the same legislative house district. Representative Wenthe has decided not to seek re-election. Thomas is familiar to the new district having already previously served the people of Fayette for two terms.