The Washington Times - July 2, 2013, 08:33AM

An Iraq War veteran will formally kick off his campaign Tuesday to unseat Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who is one of the most vocal social conservatives in Congress.

The Des Moines Register reported that Jim Mowrer, a 27-year-old Democrat, filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

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Mr. Mowrer was a member of the Iowa National Guard and was deployed to Iraq with the 1-133rd Infantry Battalion in 2005. He served there for 23 months, according to the Register report.

He received bachelor’s degree in political science from American Military University and a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University while simultaneously working at the Pentagon during the past 3½ years.

“The issues Mowrer is most focused on are veterans, the economy, education and energy, including wind and other clean energy sources,” the Register reported. “Asked about same-sex marriage, he said he believes ‘in equal protection under the law.’ And abortion is an “area where the government shouldn’t be involved. It’s a decision between a woman and her family and her doctor.’”