Cory Booker set to visit Iowa City Feb. 8 after announcing 2020 presidential bid

The New Jersey senator will make a stop in Iowa City Feb. 8, according to reports.


Thomas A. Stewart

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker talks with the media on Saturday, October 6, 2018. He was the key note speaker at this years Democratic Fall Gala.

Emily Wangen, Politics Reporter

Feb. 5 update: This article has been updated with exact times and locations of Cory Booker’s Iowa stops.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will visit Iowa City at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at an Iowa City home as part of his “Iowa Rise Tour,” according to a press release.

The Iowa tour follows his announcement that he will enter the crowded ring of Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

He will start on the morning of Feb. 8 in Mason City, make his way to Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, then end the day in Iowa City. On Feb. 9, the second day of his tour will include a meet-and-greet in Marshalltown and a community forum in Des Moines, according to event information posted on his campaign website.

Friday, Feb. 8

  • Mason City 9:15 a.m. (doors open 8:45 a.m.) meet and greet at the First Congressional UCC, 100 1st St.
  • Waterloo 1:30 p.m. (doors open 1:00 p.m.) roundtable at Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, 120 Jefferson St.
  • Cedar Rapids 5:30 p.m. (doors open 4:30 p.m.) forum at African American Museum of Iowa 55 12th Ave.
  • Iowa City 8:30 p.m. at a private event

Saturday, Feb. 9

  • Marshalltown 12 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) meet and greet at Iowa River Brewing 107 N 1st st.
  • Des Moines 3 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) forum at Kum and Go Theater – Des Moines Social Club, 901 Cherry St.

Booker, who made national headlines during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is no stranger to the Hawkeye State.

He made a stop in North Liberty and gave the keynote address at the 2018 Iowa Democratic Fall Gala in Des Moines in October.

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He also showed his support and encouraged residents of Johnson County to vote for Royceann Porter in the fall county-supervisor special election through a 50-second video.