Former Army Ranger and CIA operations officer Kevin Virgil on Thursday announced he’s running for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
Virgil will run as a Republican. He says that his campaign is founded on the principles of true conservatism, emphasizing Iowa’s need for a representative who will fervently defend these values in Washington.
The 50-year-old Virgil says his distinguished career in the military and intelligence community, as well as his experience as an entrepreneur in the private sector, have equipped him with the leadership skills and values that are required to address the complex challenges facing the nation.
“I am running for Congress because Iowa’s 4th District deserves a representative who advocates for conservative values,” said Virgil. “The current political establishment in Washington DC has failed to provide the leadership that America needs. Here in western Iowa, our current congressman, Randy Feenstra, has repeatedly voted to protect the interests of his largest donors and political backers while ignoring those of his constituents. I intend to uphold my oath to the Constitution and will only support legislation that remains true to its principles.”
“I am honored to continue my service to our country, and to fight the internal and external forces that threaten our way of life”, said Virgil. “Over the past three decades, America’s small towns have experienced steep economic decline, while Washington DC and our state capitols have attracted staggering wealth through the relentless expansion of government. It is a zero-sum game that needs to stop. I intend to work relentlessly to constrain the federal bureaucracy and return prosperity to our communities. I look forward to listening to voters across the district, and earning their trust and support.”
Virgil was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Sutherland. He graduated from South O’Brien High School and attended West Point before serving in the 82nd Airborne Division and ultimately in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
The incumbent Republican Feenstra has represented Iowa’s 4th district since 2020. Feenstra defeated Steve King in the primary that year, and went on to win in the general election. Feenstra won a 2nd term in 2022.
Virgil was joined by King on stage Thursday during the announcement.