Governor Brian Schweitzer to deliver featured address at 2013 Progress Iowa Holiday Party

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Former Montana Governor to discuss how Progressive Values are American Values

Des Moines – Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will deliver the featured address at the 2013 Progress Iowa Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 pm at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Schweitzer, who completed his second term as Governor in January of this year, will discuss progressive values and issues facing Iowa and the entire country.

“I’m excited to return to Iowa and have a conversation about how progressive values are American values,” said Governor Schweitzer. “It’s important that we cut through the nonsense going on in Washington and remember that in Iowa and Montana, we take care of our neighbors and we look out for each other. Those are the values we live by and they’re the values we expect from our government.”

“We’re thrilled that Governor Schweitzer will join us and speak at our holiday party,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “He’s someone who has put progressive ideas into action, investing in public education and children’s health care, in a state that has traditionally been conservative.”

Governor Brian Schweitzer was the 23rd Governor of Montana, serving two terms, from 2005 until 2013. In both 2004 and 2008, Schweitzer significantly out-polled the Democratic candidates for President on the ballot in Montana. During his time as Governor, Schweitzer was chair of the Western Governors Association as well as the Democratic Governors Association. Schweitzer is married to his college sweetheart, Nancy Hupp. They have three children, Ben, Khai, and Katrina, and a border collie, named Jag.

Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of nearly 30,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law. For more information, visit

Tickets to the 2013 Progress Iowa Holiday Party being held on December 18th are $50 each and available at