Steve King: biography
70-year-old politician Steve King, in spite of his old age, continues confrontation his colleagues about sharp modern problems. He has always grabbed people’s attention for his indiscreet controversial statements of various problems. Let’s get acquainted with King’s main positions and understood if he is actually such a scandalous person as media shows him.
Childhood and youth
Steve King passed his childhood on his motherland – Iowa. He was raised in the family of Emmett and his wife, Mildred. As for his parents’ occupations, his mom was a housekeeper while his dad was involved in the police. King is of mixed ethnicity – he has a fusion of Irish, Welsh and German blood. Speaking about King’s roots, his grandmother had moved from Germany to America in the 1930s. King was brought up according to Methodist traditions. However, later, he changed his faith to the Catholic one.
In 1967 Steve completed his school education end enrolled at a college. In 1970 he left the educational establishment to focus on politics – by the moment he had already understood it was exactly what she wanted to do in his entire life.
1996 brought him entry to the Iowa District Senate – he took part in elections and beat the opposer Wayne Bennett grabbing 70% of votes. Four years later, he decided not to leave the position and applied for participation in reelection. King became a winner again. While serving as a senator, King signed the bill ordering educational establishments to paint America in the best light developing children’s pride of the country. Besides, he made the English language the official one in Iowa.
U.S. House of Representatives
2002 was marked by the beginning of a new period of King’s career – he became a winner of the election to the house of representatives. Having served there for two years, the politician took part in the reelection and won again grabbing 65% of votes – while his opposer Joyce Schulte grabbed 35%. This way, later he went to win the reelection arranged in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Speaking about Steve King’s political beliefs, they are named ‘conservative,’ ‘right’ ones. Interestingly, King himself has earned the reputation of a hard-working politician, unlike many of his colleagues.
There is one thing King is sure about – abortion should be banned. Some people credit this his position to his family, which raised King as a very religious person – as religion is against killings. The politician supports the idea of fining those doctors who perform a forbidden abortion. His colleagues, attorneys, lawyers, congressmen (including Bernie Sanders) question his idea, saying abortion is the only measure to be taken in case of incest or rape. However, King stands his ground.
Steve King supports the simplification of gun control.
At the beginning of 2010, the politician became a subject of people’s heated debate after he announced he had killed a raccoon who tried to get to his home. In his defense, King said he had thought the animal had been exposed to rabies. Remarkably, when it comes to cruelty against animals, the politician is not really humane. He prefers to pay attention to cases linked with people’s problems relegating animal cases to the background.
Steve King opposes LGBT communities – he has often criticized them for arranging ‘stupid events’.
He leads a policy against several medications (for example, against Viagra) which he supposes to be dangerous drugs. Besides, speaking about King’s views on health care, he is against Obamacare program.
As for such sharp modern issues as climate change, King doesn’t believe scientists who claim that environment is deteriorating every day more and more. The politician called everyone concerned about it to calm down and try not to overreact.
Steve King is known for his abrupt rejection of multiculturalism and immigration to America. Once his colleagues claimed America was not able to develop without immigrants who contributed to its science, industry, and other spheres.
However, as the politician said, the country would be able to become the world’s leader if all the indigenous people began working for its prosperity. According to him, the ban on immigration would make the United States the most powerful civilization ever.
‘Somebody else’s babies prevent our country from development’, - he said. Because of these statements, King’s approval rating has reduced and he has been named an ‘ambassador of intolerance.’
Steve King is not alone – he has a wife named Marilyn. The two has shared with journalists they had met each other as school students – when Steve was a senior, and Marilyn was a junior.
In 1972 the partners tied the knot. So, this year they celebrated their 45th anniversary. While Steve is involved in politics, his spouse is a teacher. Steve and Marilyn are parents of three adult kids.
In 2014 the couple appeared on the viral video entitled ‘Mean Tweens’ together.
Interestingly, there is another famous person named Steve King – a radio personality, hosting The Steve and Johnnie Putman Show.
Steve King’s net worth is evaluated at $1 million.