Des Moines —
Before being elected as Iowa Secretary of State, Schultz served five years as a city councilman in Council Bluffs where he successfully worked to cut the city tax levy every year. Schultz is an Eagle Scout and attended BYU-Idaho, the University of Iowa and Creighton University School of Law. He currently resides in Madison County with his wife, Zola, and their five children.
Because he can be on the ballot for only one office this November, Iowans will elect a new Secretary of State. Former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Republican Paul D. Pate, announced his candidacy for his party's nomination hours after Schultz's announcement.
“With Secretary Matt Schultz’s announced run for U.S. Congress, Iowa needs another proven leader who will protect their election process and serve the business community without political motives. Iowans do not want nor can they afford to have the office of chief elections commissioner for the state occupied by a partisan political operative from either party. I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the experience to continue Secretary Schultz’s good stewardship of the office,” stated Pat in a press release.
Pate is the President of Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities. Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.
Pate and his wife Jane of 35 years are the parents of three adult children and five grandchildren.