O'Rourke's Iowa hiring is outpacing staffing in 2 other states, only recently naming a NH state director plus 5 staffers, and has announced nine hires in SC. One of O'Rourke's earliest hires for his 2020 campaign was Norm Sterzenbach as Iowa state director. Sterzenbach, the former executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party, has promised that O'Rourke's Iowa organizing staff will 'be on par with the largest caucus campaigns we’ve seen throughout caucus history.' Sterzenbach has expressed doubt that any candidate in the crowded Democratic field can continue if they do not finish in the top 3 in Iowa. O'Rourke's upcoming trip to Iowa will be four days long and start June 7. It will be the first time his wife, Amy, joins him on the campaign trail in the Hawkeye State.