IOWA REPUBLICAN CLAIMED HE HAD BUSINESS DEGREE, WHEN IN REALITY HE STUDIED AT SIZZLER UNIVERSITY

An Iowa lawmaker who is pushing a controversial bill that caps the number of Democrats that state universities can hire as professors claimed on a government web site that he got a “business degree” from the “Forbco Management school.”

But State Sen. Mark Chelgren’s alleged alma mater is actually a company that operated a Sizzler steak house franchise in southern California and he doesn’t have a “degree,” Ed Failor, a spokesman for the Iowa State Republicans, told NBC News.

“This was a management course he took when he worked for Sizzler, kind of like Hamburger University at McDonald’s,” Failor said. “He got a certificate.”

Asked if Chelgren has a college degree, Failor said, “That’s not accurate.”

Shortly after speaking with a reporter, the reference to Forbco Management “business degree” was removed from Chelgren’s biography on the Iowa State Republicans web site.

Chelgren told NBC News on Wednesday he was not trying to inflate his education credentials.

“This was not an attempt to inflate anything,” he said, adding he was not aware of the error on the web site until a reporter asked about it. “I didn’t concern myself about this, honestly.”

In a telephone interview last week, Chelgren was vague about Forbco. He said it was located outside of Los Angeles and that he got his business degree “around ’88 or ’89. It’s going back a ways so I don’t remember.”

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