Candidate Profile
Dave Lorenzen

Republican , Iowa


Dave Lorenzen
State Rep., Dist. 44

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Kim Reynolds, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.


I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?



It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

I would want to look closer at some of the financial incentives awarded and allowed for some companies and businesses, expanding or moving to the state. I would work to ensure that state government is the right size.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Not to use either platform to with a motive to advance either, but to respect that we can openly share in either platform our views and beliefs.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I would work to support legislation and efforts to ensure that dollars committed to this are spent transparently and fiscally responsible. Explore ways to promote proactive health improvements.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.



I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.


Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Those that follow the rules, regulations and laws that are in place for obtaining legal citizenship


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe we are all sinners and by the grace and love of Jesus Christ we can be forgiven. We can be assured of being saved and going to heaven because of the blood that Jesus shed as payment for our sins and by accepting Jesus as our Savior. I believe that although written by man the Bible is the inspired true word of God.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I believe the constitution must be followed. I believe the legislature must be fiscally responsible and not forget they are spending the citizens money.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have spent the last 42 years serving as a law enforcement officer in Iowa. In my current position as Chief of a State Law Enforcement office which I have held for the last 14 years I have managed a staff of 106 with a $12 million dollar budget. We have had the opportunity to live in a number of communities in various parts of the state. My wife Cheryl and I have been married for 42 years and are both lifelong Iowans. Cheryl is a 2nd grade teacher in the Johnston School District. We have raised 4 children and have 10 grandchildren all of whom have chose to stay in Iowa. I understand and take seriously the opportunity to serve the citizens of Iowa. I believe both my career and life experiences have prepared me for this opportunity. I understand that each decision I make and each vote I cast affects every citizen in some way. Elected officials must be held accountable to each vote they cast and support My commitment is to not forget that

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I understand the importance of serving as a state legislator. I will commit to serve with transparency and value each voters trust in me.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

No Answer   

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

None provided the procedures and background checks that are currently in place are followed

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


The Electoral College should be abolished.


In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Keep Taxes in check and work to lower and lessen the tax burden on citizens Tougher penalties for offenses related to Human Trafficking including buyers Review the education funding formulas to ensure they are fiscally in line with needs, spending practices and expectations

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

It can be if not handled properly. Has issues of this come to question they need to be investigated. There needs to be clear paths of communication between all federal, state and local partners with efforts to mitigate any incidents.


  • Le Mars Community Schools, Le Mars Iowa, Diploma, 1975
Work & Military
  • Iowa Dept Of Transportation, Chief of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, 14 years
  • Iowa Department of Transportation, Officer,Sgt, Lt and Capt of Motor Vehicle Enforc, 23 years
  • Sioux County Sheriffs Dept, Deputy Sheriff, 5 years
  • Oelwein E Free Church, Elder
  • Valley E Free Church, Life Group teacher
  • TAT ( Anti Human Trafficking organization), Board of Directors
  • Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council, Council Member
  • Iowa Peace Officers Association, Past President and Board Member
  • US DOT Secretary's Human Trafficking Advisory, Committee member
  • Pre Pass Safety Alliance, Past President and Board Member
  • CVSA, National Program Chair and Board Member
  • West Sioux Community School, Held 3 years
  • Oelwein Community School Board, Held 12 years

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