GOP King at Mike Pence

U.S. Rep. Steve King introduces then-Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Sioux City Convention Center on Aug. 8.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

The congressional team of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is encouraging people to write letters to newspapers in support of work the 15-year lawmaker is doing.

A representative of King's district office in Sioux City recently sent an email with the subject line "Letters to support Steve King."

The email, a copy of which was obtained by the Journal, begins, "Congressman King is being accused of not being effective for his district. Unfortunately, the media seldom publish the good work done by Steve King. You can use the following points in your support letters to the editor. Let me know when and where you send your support letter so we can track it. This year alone Steve King has promoted the following issues," then 15 bills are cited as examples to use.

The email seeking supportive letters comes on the heels of a period where King, who represents Iowa's 4th congressional district, was high in the national news cycle two weeks ago.

King on March 12 tweeted that America "can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." The tweet was in support of a Dutch politician who opposes immigration and has spoken against Islam. King tweeted that Geert Wilders "understands that culture and demographics are our destiny."

King followed the controversial social media post with several interviews on national outlets where he defended his comments. Critics accused King of racism and condemned the support the tweet received from some white nationalist leaders. Many also renewed charges that King was an ineffective congressman who should be focusing more on his district and less on national wedge issues like immigration.

An inquiry about the email to King's main office in Washington was not returned midday Tuesday.

The content of the email notes the congressman has introduced bills in the U.S. House involving issues in education, immigration and health.

Here are some of the bills King is touted for introducing, from the email:

-- "Congressman Steve King introduced the Choices in Education Act of 2017. This bill would both promote and protect school choice by ensuring States the ability to carry out their education voucher program and by giving parents the ability to choose the best form of education for their children."

-- "January 3: Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King introduced, in conjunction with his 100% repeal Obamacare Act also introduced today, a bill to prohibit the Supreme Court from Citing Obamacare in future decisions."

-- "January 3: Congressman Steve King re-introduced four immigration bills at the start of the 115th Congress: Sarah’s Law, Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017, Religious Worker Visa Reciprocity Act of 2017 and New IDEA Act."

-- "January 12: Congressman Steve King introduced “The Heartbeat Bill,” that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart."

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