HejhalOsage High School Principal and retired Lt. Colonel Tim Hejhal of Osage announced today that he will run for State Representative in House District 51, which includes Worth, Mitchell, Howard, and part of Winneshiek County.

“As an Iowa native and high school principal, I’m running because it’s time to make public school the top priority of the Iowa Legislature again. After years of stagnant state funding, I know school leaders are being forced to make tough decisions this year like raising class sizes, cutting staff, and reducing opportunities for our kids,” said Hejhal, a Democrat.

Hejhal has been a school administrator for 12 years with a total of 29 years in education, working in Osage, Dubuque, and the MFL Mar-Mac school districts. He retired from the Iowa Air National Guard after 29 years, serving in the 185th Air National Guard Refueling Wing in Sioux City. He has coached several sports at the middle and high school levels, including wrestling, football, and baseball. He has also been a volunteer youth coach for soccer, baseball, softball, and volleyball.

“My years of service in the national guard taught me that we have to work together to get the job done and that’s what I’ll do at the Statehouse in Des Moines. I’ll work together with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to invest in public schools, create good jobs, and give working families in Iowa a boost,” added Hejhal. “If we can put partisanship aside, I know we can make progress on the issues that are important to Iowans.”

Tim and his wife, Donna, have three grown children. Danielle is a senior at Iowa State University, Sara is a UNI grad currently finishing dental school at the University of Iowa, and Trevor currently works for IBM as a Financial Analyst. They have one granddaughter. Donna currently works for Keystone AEA1 as a Special Education Consultant. She has also been both an elementary and special education teacher.

Tim is a native of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa and attended Northwestern College in Orange City. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Tim has donated over 6 gallons of blood and has mentored several children over the last 8 years through the Bridges Mentoring Program in Mitchell County. He is a member of the Osage Lions Club and the Mitchell County Substance Abuse Coalition.