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Dennis attended college and studied business in Mesa, Arizona, and his background includes working as an operations manager and general manager for automotive aftermarket jobber stores in Chandler and Tempe, Ariz.
After leaving the automotive aftermarket industry he worked for a regional investment banking firm. In Iowa, he served as regional director for a nonprofit political organization where he hired, trained, and managed field teams in the state’s western district.
Dennis ran for the Iowa Senate in 2000 and has worked as a consultant on numerous political campaigns.
He raised his two daughters, Elizabeth (Liz) and Victoria (Vicky) in Mesa and Chandler. After a short but brave fight with cancer, Liz passed away in 2002 at age 24. Vicky graduated from Temple University Medical School in 2009 and currently practices medicine at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J. Vicky and her husband, Jason Cox, gave Dennis his first grandchild, Ellie, in April 2015. Dennis also has three grown stepchildren and two grandsons, all of Fargo, N.D.
He lives in west-central Iowa with Jody Ewing in the century-old home they share with dogs Hagan, Quincy, and Jack (aka “Hot Rod”), and an African Grey parrot named Clyde who thinks he’s a World War II bombardier pilot.