"This campaign is about the hopes and dreams for all Iowans. This state has always been a place where you can grow and succeed, however, in this environment I believe some people are losing that hope.
Let us work together to make Iowa the best possible place to live."
In a statement, Dennis Evans had this to say about his run for the Iowa House “In my 40 year career as a trust officer, my goal was to listen to my clients and discover their goals and ambitions. If elected to the Iowa House, I believe that would be my duty as well. I have a deep passion to serve and make the world around me better and more inclusive. I’ve seen firsthand how hard it is for the middle class to get ahead, get a handle on medical costs, and achieve the American Dream.
Iowans deserve better. Iowans deserve affordable and accessible healthcare. We need representation that is more transparent, more honest, and more effective. I will be a voice for the importance of a sound education so our children can have the same opportunities we had growing up in Iowa.
This campaign is about the hopes and dreams for all Iowans. This state has always been a place where you can grow and succeed, however, in this environment I believe some people are losing that hope. Let us work together to make Iowa the best possible place to live.”
Dennis grew up on a farm in central Iowa and was one of five children born to William and Barbara Evans. Dennis’ family experienced tragedies that have allowed him to understand how families face difficult situations often beyond their control. Dennis’ brother passed away from injuries received in the Vietnam War. His father and sister lived with and died from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. These experiences have allowed Dennis to further his empathy for families dealing with both the cost of long term health care and the impact it has on families emotionally and financially. They also led to an even deeper appreciation of the sacrifice Veterans make for our country.
Dennis put himself through college, earning a degree in education from Central College. He taught for a few years, eventually changing careers to become a banker. Dennis worked for more than 40 years in the banking world as a Trust Officer. He specialized in estate planning and wealth management, which included tax, retirement, and long term strategy planning. Dennis worked for Lincoln Savings Bank in Reinbeck and Guaranty Bank of Cedar Rapids. Dennis retired from MidWestOne Bank in 2018 where he served as the Vice President and Trust Officer for the communities of Conrad, Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Belle Plaine, and Waterloo. Through these positions, Dennis learned a great deal about Medicaid and Medicare from his interactions with clients.
Dennis is married to his wife Marilyn, a retired special education teacher. They have four sons and seven grandchildren.
Over the years, Dennis has been involved with many community activities such as coaching youth sports at the YMCA, Dollars for Scholars, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Sports Boosters, Parkview Manor Board of Directors, the Waterloo Alzheimer's Association Advisory Board, and the United Way. Dennis currently volunteers for the AARP, Iowa Project Aware, is a SHIIP Counselor at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center and Vice-Chair of the Grundy County Democrats.
Dennis has been endorsed by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
[Photo from 'Pints and Politics' in Iowa Falls, March 1, 2020]
"This campaign is about community and commitment. I am committed to focusing on solutions to uplift ALL members of our community.
I will use my knowledge and compassion to serve the good of the state and the people of Iowa."