Sam Clovis, currently a tenured full professor at a private liberal arts college in northwest Iowa, is originally from rural Kansas. After graduating from Buhler High School where he earned athletic letters in three sports and graduated near the top of his class, he accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. He received his degree in Political Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant and took up a career in the Air Force that spanned 25 years. During his career, he achieved combat readiness in the F-106 Delta Dart, the F-4G Wild Weasel and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He also served on the elite Project CHECKMATE team in the Pentagon and spent two years in the Middle East as the chief of the office of military cooperation in Bahrain. Sam commanded the 70th Fighter Squadron and retired as the Inspector General of the United States Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. He achieved the rank of full colonel and earned numerous decorations to include the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and recognition for his service in the Middle Eastern combat zones.
Sam earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and studied at Georgetown University in the National Security program. He earned his doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama and then entered the field of higher education. Along with his teaching duties in Iowa, he lectures frequently at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He has taught at various other institutions including Iowa State University in the Masters of Public Administration program.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Clovis entered the private sector working for a series of companies in management and executive roles. He was a division manager for the Logicon Corporation, providing leadership to a wide array of capabilities including human factors engineering, Wargaming for the United States Air Force and technology applications for defense industry clients. Sam also served as an Associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, America’s oldest consulting firm, Northrop Grumman and most recently as a Fellow with the Homeland Security Institute, a DC-based think-tank. He came to his current position in 2005 and has been active in Republican politics. Sam hosted a daily conservative talk show on KSCJ, 1360 am, in Sioux City, IA, and a program about faith and citizenship for St. Gabriel Communications, a Catholic radio outlet. He also served as the President of Serious Civics for America, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on raising civics awareness and enhancing education reform. He is a Catholic and lives in Hinton, IA, with his wife Charlotte and stepson Khan.
Why I am running for the United States Senate.
I am running for the United States Senate because what we are doing now is not working and the thought of sending someone to Washington to represent Iowa who will offer more of the same from the establishment of both parties is not what is best for this nation or our state.
I am a leader. I am not seeking the office to assuage my ego or to achieve a lifelong dream of being part of the power elite who currently “rule” this country—quite the contrary. I am a student of history and a person who has studied the Founding of the nation closely. Those men who sacrificed so much to establish this great nation should serve as role models. They served, and then returned to their private lives to pursue their vocational passions. Service to nation was a duty, an obligation, for which their fellow countrymen and women felt they were qualified. They served in a prudent manner, working every day to establish, preserve and build a better life for all those who might follow.
In the Preamble of the Constitution, there is a very important phrase, “…and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” It is this phrase that motivates me to take this momentous step.
As the saying goes, to which much is given, much is expected. I think this captures what our responsibilities are as citizens of the United States. We must do our part to preserve the covenant that exists among the people and between the people and the government. Unfortunately, this covenant is under duress today because of the abiding self-interest and indulgence of the establishment structures of the main political parties. How is it that we have drifted so far from the intentions of the Founders to circumstances today that have the ruling elite willing to sacrifice the dignity of their offices for personal gain? How is it that we have allowed a fourth branch of government—the administrative branch—to become so large and cumbersome that with each passing day, thousands of new rules steal more liberty from us and widen the gulf between government and citizen? How is it, then, that we have a Congress, and the Senate in particular, that seems ambivalent to anything but what brings most of the members in close proximity to TV cameras and radio microphones? Service to nation seems a distant priority.
Today, there are more Americans out of work than at any time in our nation’s history. Our national debt has overtaken our national income. We are printing money and borrowing from unfriendly nations to pay our bills. Our government is undisciplined and out of control. Yet, every citizen with whom I speak feels utter frustration and helplessness with the country as it is. We are lied to every day by people who do not think we matter. Well, I have news for the establishment—we are going to start sending people to Washington who get it and who will serve the nation and their states as was intended. We will only be able to turn this situation around if we are able to elect people who we trust, who we think are incorruptible and who will tell the American people and their constituents the truth.
If we are truly a government of, by and for the people, then we must take responsibility as the people upon whom was bestowed these greatest of blessings—life, liberty and the opportunity to seek happiness without the heavy hand of government resting on every shoulder.
I will always tell the truth, no matter how hard it might be to take. I will always work to provide specific solutions to specific problems and you will always know that I will serve with the utmost humility, knowing that I have been sent by the people of Iowa to protect and defend the Constitution. With my faith as my shield and your support as my sword, I will gladly wade into the host.