Rogers’ stock rising in state, national GOP

Walt Rogers wasted little time staking out his place in the Republican Party.

He was first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2009, served his first term and was re-elected in 2011. Now he serves as assistant majority leader, has been identified as an emerging leader in a national Republican group and his name has been bounced about in conversations about elections for higher office. …

He said he has a knack for bringing people together and that’s one of the key roles in party leadership helping shape the agenda.

“It’s one of the things I’ve always done, even in my other jobs, I try to get people on the same page. I’ve already gained a reputation down there for being somebody who brings the conservative side and the business side. I do that pretty well,” Rogers said.

In 2012, Rogers was one of 17 Republicans around the country named as emerging leaders by GOPAC, an organization that helps train Republican leaders for elections and governing. This year, he was an honorary co-chair for GOPAC’s annual event in New York.

In those sessions he had a chance to hone his speaking skills.