Office Dates: Jan 13, 1955 - Jan 17, 1957
Born: Mar 30, 1908
Passed: Jul 15, 2000
Birth State: Iowa
Family: Married Mary Louise Foster; two children
School(s): University of Iowa
Military Service: Army
LEO ARTHUR HOEGH, Iowa's thirty-third governor, was born in Audubon, Iowa on March 30, 1908. His education was attained at the University of Iowa, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1929, and three years later earned his law degree. During World War II, he enlisted and served on German front, as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Hoegh entered politics in 1937, serving as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, a position he held for five years. He also served as the city attorney of Charton in 1941, and was Iowa's attorney general from 1953 to 1955. Hoegh won the 1954 Republican gubernatorial nomination and was sworn into the governor's office on January 13, 1955. During his tenure, the state highway system was expanded; educational funding was increased; the state's school system was updated; the state's agricultural research institutions were improved; and health care treatment for the mentally ill was advanced. Taxes were raised in order to carry out these programs and improvements; however, this was also the main reason that Hoegh lost his reelection bid. After leaving office on January 17, 1957, Hoegh served as a civil defense administrator from 1957 to 1958, and was the director of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization from 1958 to 1961. Governor Leo A. Hoegh died on July 15, 2000, and was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.