After the 2010 census, Iowa lost a congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a result, Iowa’s statutory timetable for redistricting sprung into action. The enacted redistricting plan now features four districts, roughly split into the four corners of the State.
For residents of Butler County, this development made a significant change. Instead of being in District 1 (currently represented by Rep. Bruce Braley-D), Butler County will be voting in District 4. The 2012 congressional election for District 4 will be between current Rep. Steve King-R, and Democratic candidate Christie Vilsack, the wife of former Iowa governor and current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Steve King, from Kiron, started King Construction in Northwest Iowa. He served in the Iowa State Senate and, in 2002, was elected to Congress. His voting record can be found at: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/K000362/votes/.
Christie Vilsack, from Mount Pleasant, is a career educator, teaching at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. This is her first campaign for public office.
Butler County residents can find their voting precinct locations at this website: http://www.butlercoiowa.org/citizenscenter.
For voter registration information, including a downloadable Registration Form, Iowa residents can learn more at this website: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/VoterInformation/VoterRegistration.html.