Tom Fiegen, Clarence, announced his selection to attend the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s national candidate training in Washington, D.C. from July 30 – Aug. 2.
Fiegen is an announced Democratic candidate to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He is a bankruptcy lawyer specializing in farms and small businesses who has operated his own legal practice since 1996.
He released the following statement about his selection for training to supporters.
BoldProgressives.org picked me! They picked me for their training in D.C.!
Now I have to figure the airfare and hotel out.
Thank you to all of you for your encouragement and moral support on this journey! I feel like a poor farm boy who just won a golden ticket to the Willie Wonka factory!
I’ll be looking forward to learning all I can about defeating our incumbent Republican U.S. Senator!
“This is one of the most highly-competitive training programs for candidates in the nation,” said Lacey Connelly, training director, Progressive Change Campaign Committee via email. “You will be trained alongside some of the rising stars of the Progressive political movement.”
Fiegen was reared on a family farm in southeastern South Dakota as the eldest of eleven children. He worked on the family farm, raising cattle and hogs, until he graduated from high school; he then began taking classes at South Dakota State University while farming and launching a grain bin construction business with his brothers.
In 1979, rather than continuing at South Dakota State, Fiegen went to work for the National Farmers Organization (NFO) in West Fargo, N.D. In 1980, he briefly worked for a South Dakota ethanol fuels company before returning to the NFO to work in grain merchandising. He also worked as an apprentice electrician before returning to collegiate study.
Fiegen graduated from Kansas State University in 1984, majoring in speech and agricultural economics. He subsequently earned a master of arts degree in economics and a law degree, both from the University of Iowa. (Source: Wikipedia).