Wall Lake, Iowa – Congressman Steve King was named a US 20 Corridor Association Hero today.
In their release, the US 20 Corridor Association wrote, “No one person can claim responsibility for the highly anticipated completion of statewide four-lane US 20.” And Association President Shirley Phillips said, “As an Association, we have worked with hundreds of people in the effort to achieve our goal. It is only due to persistence, passion, and undeniable need we were able to see statewide four-lane US 20 scheduled for completion.”
King has been a strong advocate for statewide four-lane US 20 for more than 20 years. As a State Senator, King promoted and helped secure passage of Commercial Industrial Network(CIN) legislation which directed the Iowa Department of Transportation to prioritize four-lane highways connecting US 20 cities. As a Member of Congress, King secured millions of dollars in earmarks. One earmark in particular, which was specifically for environmental, archaeological, and engineering expenses for a four-lane US 20 only to be spent west of US 71, became a significant lynchpin for accelerated completion. Because of King’s foresight, the preparation work was finished in advance “paving the way for the grading and paving” of the final 40 miles of the 301 mile multigenerational project on an accelerated timeframe.
“I look forward to the day in 2018 when we cut the ribbon on the last segment of a complete statewide four-lane US 20. It is an honor to work with fellow US 20 Association Heroes. I remember fondly those on the Honor Roll who never gave up but didn’t live to see this through to the end,” King stated. “Iowa has long needed a second four-lane east-west corridor. I’m happy to be part of each milestone achieved over the last 20 years.”
In addition to the US 20 Association honor, King enjoys the support of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Speaker Linda Upmeyer, as well as the majority of Iowa legislators serving in the 4th Congressional District. King earlier received U.S. Chamber, NFIB SAFE Trust, and FRC Action endorsements and the Iowa Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture designation, also.
King serves on the US House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Small Business Committees. In 2015, he was named Chairman of the Executive Overreach Task Force by Speaker Paul Ryan. King has long chaired the Conservative Opportunity Society (COS), an organization founded by Speaker Newt Gingrich and others in 1983. COS is the leading voice for Constitutional and conservative principles in the U.S. House and represents one of only a half dozen seats at Speaker Ryan’s discussion table each week.
Congressman King is the founder of King Construction. A former small business owner, King resides in rural Sac County, Iowa, with his wife of 43 years, Marilyn. The Kings have three happily married sons and seven grandchildren; all the Kings live within 10 miles of each other.