Hawkeye football standout, U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker to speak

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The Dallas County GOP will host a barbeque fundraiser Thursday, Aug. 8 with special guest speaker Matt Whitaker, former acting U.S. attorney general and a former University of Iowa Hawkeye tight end.

The Dallas County GOP will host a barbeque fundraiser Thursday, Aug. 8 with special guest speaker Matt Whitaker, former acting U.S. attorney general and a former University of Iowa Hawkeye tight end.

The event will be held at the Fred Maytag II Scout Center, 6123 Scout Trail in Des Moines.

Whitaker graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in communications and started his first year of law school during his senior year as a football player. While at Iowa, Whitaker made 21 catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the 33 games of his career. He also started for the Hawkeyes in the 1991 Rose Bowl.

In addition to a law degree, Whitaker holds an MBA. He was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by U.S. President George W. Bush on the recommendation of Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and served from 2004 to 2009.

From 2009 to 2017, Whitaker practiced law in Des Moines. In September 2017, Whitaker became chief of staff for then U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. When Sessions resigned Nov. 7, 2018, Whitaker was appointed to serve as acting U.S. attorney general by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Other scheduled speakers at the GOP fundraiser are Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Grassley.

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