Meet John Paschen...

John Paschen was born in Illinois and moved to Camanche, Iowa in middle school when his dad transferred jobs at his trucking company.  In Camanche, John learned firsthand the importance of agriculture and the value of hard work by working on a farm, raising livestock and becoming an active 4-H member.

After graduating from Camanche High School, John took his passion for agriculture and livestock to Iowa State University where he majored in Animal Science.  While at Iowa State John eventually changed majors to pre-medicine, and along the way met the love of his life, Cynthia Oppedal, who he has been married to for 35 years.

Medicine and helping people from all walks of life became John’s calling after graduating from Iowa State, and he went on to medical school at the University of Iowa to earn his MD.  After completing his residency training in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, and following a fellowship in neonatology, John and Cynthia’s first daughter Madeline was born and they moved back to Iowa to raise their family.  John joined the McFarland Clinic in Ames as a general pediatrician and their second daughter, Emma, was born. 

In addition to his work as a pediatrician, John has served as board president of the Child Abuse Prevention & Education Council,  is currently Chairman of the Story County Board of Health, and is active with Operation of Hope, a nonprofit delivering medical care during annual mission trips to Zimbabwe.   

Frustrated by inaction in Washington combined with a lifelong passion for helping people, John has announced his candidacy for Congress.  This is his first run for public office.