“I’ve spent my career working to level the playing field for Iowans and American workers. Now, I’m running for Congress because I know we can achieve anything if the rules are fair. It’s time to stop Washington politicians from rewriting the rules to favor billionaires and big corporations. It’s time for us to own our future.”

About Thomas

Thomas Heckroth is a sixth-generation Iowan who has advocated for workers and championed opportunity for all throughout his career.

Thomas grew up in Waverly — the son of a small business owner and hospital chaplain.

He played little league down at the AMVETS fields, delivered the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, and was confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. After graduating from Waverly-Shell Rock, he went to the University of Iowa as a walk-on to the Hawkeye baseball team. He earned his degree, paying for it with student loans and summers as a letter carrier.

Driven by the desire to serve others and his community, he took an entry level job working for former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Under his leadership, Thomas focused on issues central to Iowa’s communities and future success: agriculture, education, and labor policy. He later joined the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor, holding corporations and trading partners accountable to protect workers’ rights and level the playing field for Iowans and American workers.

Following government service, his commitment to justice continued. After earning his MBA, Thomas went to work for a clothing manufacturer as the Director of Sustainable Manufacturing and Sourcing. There he enforced fair labor and environmental standards at home and around the world, to show that profit doesn’t have to come at the expense of people and the environment.  

Today, Thomas and his wife, Naomi, live in Cedar Falls with their dog Waverly.

Why I’m Running

As someone who has dedicated my career to expanding economic opportunity, improving labor standards, and showing that economic profit does not need to be at the expense of hardworking people, I’m running for Congress because we need an economy that values work more than wealth.

I learned from an early age the importance of our shared values as Iowans. I understand that Iowans expect to be treated equally, dealt with honestly, and given a fair shot at success.

But, Washington politicians and special interests are rewriting the rules to favor billionaires and corporations instead of hardworking families in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District.

My experience working for Iowans and citizens across the country has made one thing very clear: Iowans in the 1st District are working harder but not getting ahead because we aren’t making the needed investments that spur innovation, growth, and higher paying jobs.  It’s time we start investing in people because we should own our future. It’s time to rebuild a secure middle class, and help us regain our faith in the future.

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