Walt joined TEF Iowa in 2019 after serving eight years in the statehouse representing Cedar Falls and Black Hawk County, where he solidified his reputation as a fiscally responsible legislator, pushing state government to be smaller and smarter with taxpayer dollars. He was elected by his colleagues to serve as an Assistant House Majority Leader in his first term. In 2012, Rogers was one of 17 Legislators around the country named as emerging leaders by GOPAC, an organization that helps train leaders. In 2016, Rogers was appointed by the Speaker of the House to chair the Education Committee where he led an acclaimed effort for local control and streamlining of decisions and funding in public education. Walt's diverse background includes a resume of plant supervisor, chemical engineering, sales executive, artist and festival management, leadership consulting and Youth Pastor. Walt is married to his high school sweetheart Jenny, a Speech Language Pathologist. They have 3 adult children and eleven grandchildren.
John Hendrickson joined the TEF Iowa team in 2017. Before becoming Policy Director for TEF Iowa, Hendrickson served as a Research Analyst with Public Interest Institute, a public policy research group and as a researcher for the Heritage Foundation. His articles have been published in many newspapers across Iowa including the Des Moines Register, Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Lee Enterprises newspapers.
Hendrickson earned both his BA and MA degrees in History from the University of North Dakota. He specializes in American political and constitutional history.
Barry has been TEF Iowa's Multimedia Specialist since 2018. He creates digital animation, pictures, graphics, video, and print content from idea to posting. He has over 15 years of design and print experience with O.P. Printing and Iowans for Tax Relief.
Barry and his wife Alison have one son and are actively involved in their church, local fire department, and community.