Former SNL Funnyman Gary Kroeger Gets Serious, Runs for Congress

The former advertising executive is running in his native Iowa

Gary Kroeger is following in his former Saturday Night Live co-stars' footsteps. Like Al Franken, Kroeger is running for Congress.

Kroeger, a Cedar Falls native, is running for the democratic nomination in Iowa's 1st Congressional District. Kroeger spent three seasons on SNL, beginning in 1982. He returned to Iowa in 2003 and began working as creative director at Mudd Advertising in Cedar Falls.

"I came back for 'Iowa Values' and now I see many of those values being marginalized, even eliminated, and I have to do something about it," Kroeger wrote on his campaign page. "I have to so that my sons can have the opportunities that I had … and more."

In an interview on Mudd's blog in 2011, Kroeger described a typical day at the office: "Busy. Scripts to write, radio commercials to voice, television spots to host, meet with account execs about future creative direction and spots in production. Meet with production teams to create new content for online, television and radio advertising."

Another of Kroeger's 1980s SNL cast-mates, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, lives in the fictional world of politics, playing President Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep.