Iowa Lawmaker Says Business Degree Was Sizzler Certificate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state lawmaker says he didn’t mean to mislead anyone by claiming he had a business degree from a company that had actually awarded him a certificate for participating in a training program when he worked at Sizzler.

State Sen. Mark Chelgren’s biography on an Iowa Senate Republican website had noted he had a business management degree from Forbco Management school. The information was removed Wednesday after NBC News reported Forbco Management is a California company that operated a Sizzler franchise.

Iowa Senate Republicans spokesman Ed Failor confirmed Thursday that Chelgren’s biography was updated after the NBC report. He said Chelgren doesn’t have a college degree, but Chelgren later said he earned an associate’s degree from a community college.

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