Paul Dahl is a progressive populist wanting to serve Democrats, Independents, and Republicans in the United States House of Representatives with integrity, industry, and innovation. He is a candidate located under the Democratic banner.
Paul Elliott Dahl, age being 53 in September of 2017, presently lives in the town of Webster City located in Hamilton County. Paul was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1964 and grew up in Waterloo and La Porte City. Paul was the last child born to Carl and Sondra Dahl and joined a sister Diana three years older and 3 brothers from his Dad’s first marriage. Paul’s full name of Paul Elliott Dahl was based on the three families that provided a genetic connection. His maternal German grandmother Neva Elliott (Pauls) helped supply his first name of Paul. His maternal grandfather George brought the English influence of Elliott into the family. Paul’s father Carl was a full-blooded Swede.
Carl Dahl, an Iowa UAW official also known as “Mr. Local 838”, was active in Democratic politics and even ran for the state legislature twice. Paul’s mother, Sondra Elliott, revealed the importance of focus and discipline in doing things the right way. Paul had the good fortune to grow up on a 38-acre hobby farm (primarily raising horses) and was in Vocational Agriculture/FFA for 4 years in high school. Growing up in a labor union household also had a positive impact by allowing Paul to see the importance of economic and social justice in ensuring all citizens have a seat at the banquet table of life.
Paul is divorced and has two sons , Nathaniel Carl (2003) and Elliott Andrew (2005), from that marriage residing in Minnesota. Paul was married for 7 years from 2003-2010. Paul’s ex-wife Jennifer Simpson-Dahl (Petersen) has a familial connection to Harry Blackmun, a lawyer representing the Mayo Clinic that later became a justice on the United States Supreme Court. Jennifer brought a Swedish and French genetic history that joined Paul’s Swedish, English, and German ancestry in the two sons born during their brief partnership.
Paul’s education as an adult has prepared him well for the duties in the U.S. House of Representatives. Having a B. A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa in General Social Science Teaching provided him an interdisciplinary course of study by immersing him in the fields of economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Paul graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNI with 161 credit hours in 4 years of study with one of those years being at The University of Wyoming on National Student Exchange. Garnering a Master of Divinity degree in Parish Ministry from The Iliff School of Theology (Denver, Colorado), Paul wrestled with the theological questions present in a diverse American society and subsequently developed a foundational ethics guiding him through life. Lastly, receiving a Masters of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa gave Paul the research skills to find accurate, timely information from sophisticated databases and also the ability to effectively synthesize a sound position from divergent source material. These information seeking and retrieval abilities will serve him well in Congress.
Paul’s employment experience as a former pastor in a yoked church of 4 towns in Humboldt County; an educator in healthcare settings and teaching an introductory ethics course at a community college; and as librarian/library director for over 15 years at Allen College/Allen Hospital in Waterloo, the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, and the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul have allowed him to see some of the public policy problems needing remedies in both rural and urban communities. Paul also has been a member of two labor unions as an adult with the Iowa State Education Association and the Middle Management Association in Minnesota. Paul presently drives a transit bus for MIDAS in Hamilton County so he understands the challenges that a transit system has in serving the public
It is imperative that a member of Congress be aware of corrupting influences and ethical pitfalls that may divert one from the steady and sure path of excellence in public service. Being ethical by walking the talk each and every day is important in effectively carrying out one’s duties and responsibilities. Some of the leaders positively impacting Paul with ethical life striving include Jesus Christ, Mary Wollstonecraft, Bernie Sanders, Mohandas Gandhi, Rachel Carson, Benjamin Franklin, Aldo Leopold, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln, Betty Friedan, Lao Tzu, Wendell Berry, Gloria Steinem, John Kenneth Galbraith, Eugene Debs, Arundhati Roy, Thomas Jefferson, Malcolm X, Jane Goodall, C. Wright Mills, John Maynard Keynes, Shirley Chisholm, H. Richard Niebuhr, Cesar Chavez, Mother Teresa, Arthur Ashe, Barbara Kingsolver, Viktor Frankl, John Wesley, Barbara Jordan, Albert Einstein, Robert Greenleaf, Sojourner Truth, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Socrates, St. Francis of Assisi, Billie Jean King, and Paul Wellstone.
Lastly, a person serving in Congress must possess the physical stamina and mental agility to handle pressure and tension implicit in political battles over complex, complicated issues. I believe that I have exhibited such a sufficient energy to handle political representation for politically diverse Iowans and for the country with discipline and focus. I excel in working behind the scenes in achieving desired results and do not need to be constantly in the limelight getting recognition and adulation as some politicians do.