Meet Tim, an Iowa farm boy whose roots trace back to his great-great-grandfather who first settled in Worth County in 1853. Tim has always felt the call to serve the state of Iowa and is running to represent those Iowans who have had such an impact on his life.
Tim describes himself first and foremost as a loving husband and father. He met Jeanette shortly after graduating from college and they immediately connected through their shared interest in the health care field. In addition, they both grew up in small towns and understood the values of family, service to community, principled ethics, good education and financial responsibility. They were married in 1972 and have two adult children, Carl and Ingrid.
Raised by Ila and Cornell Knutson, a teacher and a farmer respectively, Tim graduated from Northwood-Kensett High School then left home for college and eventually earned his graduate degree in Health Care Administration. He and Jeanette settled in the Midwest while Tim worked in rural hospital health care.
In a wholly unexpected turn, we mourn the loss of Jeannie--Tim's beloved wife of nearly 46 years--on May 6th. She was his partner in all things and was fully supportive of this campaign. We are powering on, knowing that it is with her blessing. Although she is no longer physically with us, she will remain by Tim's side throughout.
The Rewards of Service
As the son of a farmer and a teacher, Tim's parents instilled in him the rewards of service from the time he was young. "Rural Iowans understand that the benefits of doing for others far outweigh any burdens," notes Tim. Through most of his life he has chosen to serve through his church. He has volunteered both as an Assistant Pastor and lector for Sunday services, and served on the church Council at two of his churches. He also has served as the Commissioner for Music and Worship and was president of the choir at his past church. Currently, he sings in Northwood's First Lutheran Church choir as well as a community choir.
Deciding to undertake this campaign is a continuation of Tim's desire to serve. "I've been blessed with good health, a wonderful family and a rewarding career," states Tim as he follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather, T.C. Rone, who served two terms in the Iowa legislature. "It will be the honor of my life to ensure that all Iowans in my district have the same opportunities that I've had, and I hope that the voters give me that chance."
Rural health care was the focus of the first part of Tim's career. After working in two rural hospitals in health care administration, he was recruited to a large hospital system. His work there focused primarily on the group's rural hospitals and included recruiting physicians for those areas. He understands well the plight of rural communities in meeting their residents' health care needs.
Eventually Tim’s career transitioned to a large Texas multi-specialty physician group. The last 14 years were spent as a senior manager in physician relations while the group grew from 86 physician members to 150 at the time of his retirement. During that time Tim honed his skills in financial analysis, financial forecasting, recruitment, business plan development for new physicians and presentations to large groups. Tim believes that these skills will benefit the voters of District 51 if elected to represent them.