Staff

Chris Hagenow
President

Chris joined ITR in November 2020 and served as Vice President before becoming President in June 2022.

Hagenow is a sixth-generation Iowan. He grew up in Cedar Falls, graduated from Northern University High School, and the University of Northern Iowa Magna Cum Laude. Chris earned his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law.

In addition to working as an attorney in private practice, Hagenow served 12 years in the statehouse representing parts of Dallas and Polk Counties. During his time at the Capitol, he served as Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, House Majority Whip, and House Majority Leader.

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Dan Steele
Vice President

Dan first joined ITR in 2001 and has served in many roles, including Creative Director and Director of Operations. From 2013 to 2016, Dan was President of O.P. Printing, Inc. in Muscatine. He came back to the ITR team as Communications Director in December 2016 and became Vice President in June 2022.

Dan grew up near Riverside, Iowa, and met his wife Linda while attending Iowa State University. From 1994 to 2001, he was a licensed funeral director in Tipton and Muscatine. To some, it might appear Dan used Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” to choose his career path.

Dan and Linda live in Clive and have four children.

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Ernie Adkison
Director of
Outreach and Engagement

Ernie joined the ITR team in 2011. He has a passion for building relationships with people and has enjoyed sharing coffee with candidates, legislators, and other conservative folks all across Iowa. From Cabin Coffee up in Northeast Iowa to The Vine Coffee House in Southeast Iowa, he travels the state connecting with people who want to make Iowa a better place to live, do business, and raise a family.

Ernie grew up in Florida, went to school in Tennessee, married a girl from Iowa, moved to Alabama, went to grad school in Saskatchewan, and finally, put down roots in Iowa in 2003. Ernie and his wife Mindy live on an acreage outside of Newton with their three children. Prior to joining the team at ITR, he earned an MA in youth and family ministry and pastored in two Iowa churches and one in Alabama.

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Victoria Sinclair
Government Relations Director

Victoria became part of the ITR team in 2018. Previously, she served as a district representative for the U.S. House of Representatives for Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District and spent two years as Government Relations Director on behalf of the student body at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). While at UNI, she earned bachelor’s degrees in public administration and political science.

Victoria and her husband Evan live in Boone with their two sons.

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