Freshman Profile – Ashely Hinson

hinson-headshotRepresentative-elect Ashely Hinson, of Marion, was elected to represent Iowa’s 67th District which includes Hiawatha and Robins.

Ashley grew up in Des Moines.  After high school, she attended college at the University of Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism.  For more than a decade she’s worked as a news anchor, reporter, and producer at KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids connecting with the community, policy makers, and businesses. Read more »


House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

(DES MOINES) – Today House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the Eighty-Seventh General Assembly.  They are as follows:

Standing Committees:

Administrative Rules Review

Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mount Auburn) – Chair

Administration and Rules

Rep. Mike Sexton (R-Rockwell City) – Chair

Rep. Jarad Klein (R-Keota) – Vice Chair


Rep. Lee Hein (R-Monticello) – Chair

Rep. Chuck Holz (R-Le Mars) – Vice Chair Read more »


Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update


A Time For Listening

As Christmas decorations go up around the Capitol, I am again reminded how quickly this year is coming to a close. While I am busy preparing for the holidays just like you, I am also very busy preparing for next session which is just around the corner.

With the 2017 legislative session only a few short weeks away, preparations are in full swing to ensure we hit the ground running on January 9th. There is a lot that needs to happen behind the scenes and House Republicans are working hard to make sure everything is in place for opening day. Bills are being drafted, committees are being assigned, and our schedules are quickly filling up with meetings.
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Freshman Profile – Shannon Lundgren

lundgrenRepresentative-elect Shannon Lundgren, of Peosta, was elected to serve House District 57. The district consists of Dubuque county including parts of Dyersville and Peosta.

Shannon grew up in Dubuque.  She graduated from Wahlert High School and earned a certificate in Tourism Management from Midwest Travel & Hospitality Institute.  Early in her career she worked in the local casino industry but eventually transitioned to the hotel industry where she managed a small boutique style inn and large-scale events for a local resort. Read more »


Freshman Profile – Kristi Hager

hager-headshotRepresentative-elect Kristi Hager, of Waukon, was elected to serve House District 56. The district consists of portions of both Allamakee and Clayton counties in the Northeastern portion of the state.

Kristi has spent most of her life living in Allamakee County.  She grew up in Waukon, attended NITI, Calmar receiving her Associates Degree in nursing.  While raising her family, Kristi attended the University of Dubuque and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing.  Read more »


Freshman Profile – Michael Bergan

bergan-headshotRepresentative-elect Michael Bergan, of Dorchester, was elected to represent House District 55.  The district consists of parts of Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek Counties.  Decorah, Elkader, and West Union make up the major population centers in the district.

Michael is a lifelong resident of Winneshiek County.  He was raised on a dairy and beef farm and his roots are deeply planted in the farming community.  Michael graduated from Decorah High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Economics from Luther College.  Read more »


Freshman Profile – Jane Bloomingdale


Representative-elect Jane Bloomingdale was recently elected to serve Iowa’s 51st District, which includes Cresco and Osage.

Jane is a lifelong resident of Northwood.  She has served in city government for 20 years, currently as Mayor of Northwood.  She has a degree in education and worked for the Northwood-Kensett school district as a coach and substitute teacher.  Jane continued her education in accounting and has owned and operated Bloomingdale Tax and Accounting for the past 25 years.

She has been married to her husband, Jim for 36 years.  They have two adult children.  Jim has farmed in the Worth County area his entire adult life.

Jane has an understanding of the numerous challenges facing our communities and brings experience prioritizing expenditures, allocating funds, and balancing budgets.  The combination of her experiences in education, business, and civic service makes her well qualified to serve as our State Representative.



Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter


A Time to be Thankful

Thanksgiving weekend is here which gives us a great opportunity to reflect on what we’re thankful for.  I hope that you all have a great holiday and are able to spend some time with family and friends.

This past Election Day, I was elected to serve my eighth term in the Iowa House.  I want to thank the citizens of House District 54 for the honor of representing you in the House as your State Representative.  It is a humbling experience and a privilege to receive your continued support.
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Freshman Profile – Jim Carlin

carlin-siouxcityjournal-com-2-3-16Representative-elect Jim Carlin, of Sioux City, was elected to serve Iowa’s 6th District this past election, which includes Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff.

Jim has been a resident of Sioux City and an attorney there for over 23 years.  He is a veteran of the United States Army.

Jim’s been involved with the Woodbury County Republican Central Committee, the Sioux City Men of Valor Bible Study, and the Morningside Assembly of God church.  He’s been a School Board member of Siouxland Community Christian School.  He’s volunteered as a nursing home visitation and also with Dismas Charities.  He was a part-time assistant coach for the Morningside College football team and a youth basketball coach of Upward Sports.  Jim’s a member of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the American Legion.

Jim and his wife, Donna, have been married for 20 years and together raised three children, Wesley, Whitney, and Hannah.  They are the proud grandparents of Bennett, Anne, and Clara.


Freshman Profile – Skyler Wheeler


Representative-elect Skyler Wheeler, of Orange City, was elected to serve House District 4 this past election.  The district includes includes Orange City, Rock Valley, and Sioux Center.

Skyler grew up in Olympia, Washington.  He attended Grays Harbor Community College to play baseball.  In his time at Grays Harbor he broke several baseball records and was a first-team All-West Region selection.  After his second year at Grays Harbor, Skyler earned a scholarship to attend Northwestern College in Orange City.  He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in political science.  Following graduation, he took a job with Iowa Information Inc. in Sheldon.  Currently he’s working on his Master’s Degree in Government online through Regent University.

Skyler’s always had an interest in politics.  In his time at Northwestern he was active in their College Republican organization.  Most recently he was the Sioux County Co-Chair for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.  He’s also volunteered for Christians United for Israel.  Skyler and his wife, Jess attend Cornerstone Baptist Church in Orange City and are involved in a weekly young adult Bible study.