Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken spoke to about 30 area voters Thursday night when he brought his U.S. Senate campaign to the home of Gary and Mary Weaver of rural Rippey.
Franken, a Democrat, is challenging first-term Sen. Joni Ernst for the spoke at the home of Gary and Mary Weaver in in Rippey Thursday evening I have his brochure and he probably has a website that you can get more information on it was a crowd of about 30 people there
Franken spoke about the farm economy and farm issues at the home of the Weavers. He also discussed education, and his position on health care is one most Democrats would agree with.
He said his main personal interests would be in agriculture, foreign affairs and national security, all areas for which his background suits him. The three-star admiral in 2017 after 36 years of service.
According to his campaign website, Franken was born and raised in rural Sioux County, the youngest of nine children. During his youth, he worked alongside his father at the Lebanon Farm Shop. He hired on at Sioux Preme Packing Co. at 17 to pay for college and later worked as bar manager, math tutor, bouncer and civil engineer in a law firm.
Franken earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in physics at the Naval Postgraduate School and pursued professional studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Brookings Institute. He was the first military officer to work on the staff of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.
“Years of military service in Washington, D.C., taught Mike how government should work,” according to his website. “He spent years in senior policymaking, strategy, and planning roles for the Defense Department. As chief of legislative affairs for the Navy, he oversaw the authorization of a $150 billion budget.”
Franken currently shares the crowded Democratic primary field with Theresa Greenfield of of Des Moines, Kimberly Graham of Indianola, Theresa Greenfield of Des Moines, Eddie Mauro of Des Moines and Cal Woods of Des Moines. Suzanne Herzog of Clive is also running as an Independent.