Legislature Chooses New Leadership For 2011

Legislature Chooses New Leadership For 2011

Both Republicans and Democrats in newly-elected Iowa Legislature have chosen their respective leaders for the 2011 Iowa Legislative session, which will convene at State Capitol in Des Moines in January.

Both Republicans and Democrats from the newly-elected Iowa Senate and House of Representatives have chosen their leaders for the 2011 Iowa legislative session which will begin in January at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Last week, Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives elected Representative Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, as Speaker of the House. Representative Linda Upmeyer, R-Garner, was elected as Majority Leader.

Additionally, the Republicans in the House elected Representative Jeff Kauffmann, R-Wilton, as Speaker Pro Tem and Representative Erik Helland, R-Johnston, as House Majority Whip. The four newly-elected Assistant Majority Leaders are Representatives Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, Renee Schulte, R-Cedar Rapids, Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada, and Steve Lukan, R-New Vienna.

Iowa Senate also has also chosen its leaders for 2011 session

Republicans in the Iowa Senate also held their meetings for leadership elections last week. Iowa Senate Republicans re-elected Senator Paul McKinley, R-Chariton, as their Minority Leader. Senator Steve Kettering, R-Lake View, was elected as Senate Republican Whip. The five Republican Senate Assistant Leaders elected for the upcoming session were Senators Merlin Bartz, R-Grafton, Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, Pat Ward, West Des Moines, David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, and Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone.

This week, Iowa Senate Democrats re-elected Senators Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs and Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg, as Senate Majority leader and Senate President respectively. Additional leaders beyond the Majority Leader and President are as follows: Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls will be the President Pro Tempore, Tom Courtney, D-Burlington will be Majority Whip, and the five elected Assistant Majority Leaders are Senators Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids, Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, and Steve Sodders, D-State Center.

New Legislative leaders will make key decisions next two years

In addition, Democrats in the Iowa House of Representatives re-elected Representative Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, as House Minority Leader. The four elected Assistant Minority Leaders were:  Ako Abdul Samad, D-Des Moines, Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, and Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City. 

"If one of the listed leaders is your Senator or Representative, regardless of whether they were up for election or whether our ICGA PAC supported them, Iowa Corn encourages you to contact them via phone, e-mail, or attend your local town hall meeting, to congratulate them on their leadership post," says Mindy Larsen Poldberg, director of government affairs for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "These leaders, along with committee chairs, will be the core decision-makers in the next two years in the Iowa Legislature. Implementing ICGA policies starts with you; having our members maintain relationships with legislators back home is essential." 

Congress is back in session for its "lame duck" session

Last week, Congress returned to Washington D.C. for its lame duck session and ethanol supporters, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, will be pushing hard for an extension of the ethanol blenders' tax credit, says Poldberg.

Four Midwestern Senators, including Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asking him to consider adding the extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) to an anticipated energy bill during the lame duck session which will likely end the week before Christmas. The request said that it is very important to keep the incentive in place while Congress continues to explore alternative ways to grow the use of biofuels in the U.S. In addition, a similar request was made by Congressman Boswell, D-Iowa, to House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader, John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Both Republicans and Democrats from the newly-elected Iowa Senate and House of Representatives have chosen their leaders for the 2011 Iowa legislative session which will begin in January at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

 

Last week, Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives elected Representative Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, as Speaker of the House. Representative Linda Upmeyer, R-Garner, was elected as Majority Leader.

Additionally, the Republicans in the House elected Representative Jeff Kauffmann, R-Wilton, as Speaker Pro Tem and Representative Erik Helland, R-Johnston, as House Majority Whip. The four newly-elected Assistant Majority Leaders are Representatives Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, Renee Schulte, R-Cedar Rapids, Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada, and Steve Lukan, R-New Vienna.

Iowa Senate also has also chosen its leaders for 2011 session

Republicans in the Iowa Senate also held their meetings for leadership elections last week. Iowa Senate Republicans re-elected Senator Paul McKinley, R-Chariton, as their Minority Leader. Senator Steve Kettering, R-Lake View, was elected as Senate Republican Whip. The five Republican Senate Assistant Leaders elected for the upcoming session were Senators Merlin Bartz, R-Grafton, Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, Pat Ward, West Des Moines, David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan, and Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone.

This week, Iowa Senate Democrats re-elected Senators Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs and Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg, as Senate Majority leader and Senate President respectively. Additional leaders beyond the Majority Leader and President are as follows: Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls will be the President Pro Tempore, Tom Courtney, D-Burlington will be Majority Whip, and the five elected Assistant Majority Leaders are Senators Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids, Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, and Steve Sodders, D-State Center.

New Legislative leaders will make key decisions next two years

In addition, Democrats in the Iowa House of Representatives re-elected Representative Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, as House Minority Leader. The four elected Assistant Minority Leaders were:  Ako Abdul Samad, D-Des Moines, Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, and Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City. 

"If one of the listed leaders is your Senator or Representative, regardless of whether they were up for election or whether our ICGA PAC supported them, Iowa Corn encourages you to contact them via phone, e-mail, or attend your local town hall meeting, to congratulate them on their leadership post," says Mindy Larsen Poldberg, director of government affairs for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "These leaders, along with committee chairs, will be the core decision-makers in the next two years in the Iowa Legislature. Implementing ICGA policies starts with you; having our members maintain relationships with legislators back home is essential." 

Congress is back in session for its "lame duck" session

Last week, Congress returned to Washington D.C. for its lame duck session and ethanol supporters, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, will be pushing hard for an extension of the ethanol blenders' tax credit, says Poldberg.

Four Midwestern Senators, including Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asking him to consider adding the extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) to an anticipated energy bill during the lame duck session which will likely end the week before Christmas. The request said that it is very important to keep the incentive in place while Congress continues to explore alternative ways to grow the use of biofuels in the U.S. In addition, a similar request was made by Congressman Boswell, D-Iowa, to House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader, John Boehner, R-Ohio.

 

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