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Sens. Bertrand and Anderson

Republican state Sens. Rick Bertrand, left, and Bill Anderson, second from left, were recently removed as chairmen of separate Senate committees by Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix. The move came amid uncertain electoral futures for Bertrand, of Sioux City, and Anderson, of Pierson.

SIOUX CITY | More political endorsements flowed Thursday to U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, including one from the sometimes roommate of King's GOP opponent.

King's team released the endorsements of four state legislators, including Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson. During legislative sessions, Anderson rooms in Des Moines with fellow state Sen. Rick Bertrand, R-Sioux City, who is challenging King in the June 7 Republican primary.

Anderson also is a member of King's congressional staff.

"(King) knows his constituents, his district, its industries and businesses including agriculture, and serves us well, with integrity and honesty. I want this stalwart constitutional conservative to continue representing me in Congress. I know he’s the best person for the job and he has my full endorsement for re-election," Anderson said in a statement.

The other endorsements King's campaign released Thursday are also from state senators who represent districts in Iowa 4th congressional district. They include GOP Sens. Dennis Guth, of Algona, Mark Segebart, of Vail, and Jason Schultz, of Schleswig.

Bertrand, a second-term state senator, on Wednesday again downplayed the role of endorsements in the primary.

“While Steve King is focused on announcing endorsements from politicians, I am crisscrossing all 39 counties in the 4th District, meeting with the voters every day and listening to their concerns. I believe we need leaders in Washington who will talk less and listen more. That is what I will do. We do not need career politicians," Bertrand said in a statement.

King has previously received the endorsements of notable Republican statewide officeholders, including U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

The winner of the Bertrand-King race will advance to face Democrat Kim Weaver, of Sheldon, in the November general election.

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