Meet Our Members – Jason Schultz

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Representative Jason Schultz is currently serving his third term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 18th District which includes Denison and Harlan.

Rep. Schultz is the Chairman of the Local Government committee, and also serves on the Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, and Labor committees, as well as the Administration & Regulation budget subcommittee.

Jason farms with his parents as they have together for the last 18 years.  Jason served seven years in the Iowa National Guard.  He has also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Schleswig Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years, serving two of those as the Department’s Chief.  He has been and continues to be a member of the Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Jason and his wife, Amy, have been married for 13 years and have two daughters: Josie and Camryn. They are members of Immanuel Lutheren Church in Schleswig where Jason serves as an elder, a Sunday School Teacher, and is also one of two Sunday School Superintendents.

Rep. Schultz is not seeking re-election to the House this year, and is instead running for election to the Iowa Senate.


Throwback Thursday!

Members of the Legislature pose for a picture at the State Historical Society during a 2001 special session.

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Iowa Ranked #3 in Child Well-Being

Yesterday the Anne E. Casey Foundation released their 2014 KidsCount report, a data book on state trends in child well-being, and determined that Iowa is the third best state in the country for kids.  Massachusetts and Vermont were the only two states to place above Iowa.

KidsCount Ranks

The report scored each state based on four measures:

  1. Economic Well-Being
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Family and Community

Iowa scored very well in all four categories, even earning the top spot for child health.

Iowa’s ranks:

  • Economic Well-Being – 3rd
  • Education – 13th
  • Health – 1st
  • Family and Community – 7th

Click here to read the full report.


Meet Our Members – Tom Sands

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Representative Tom Sands is currently serving his sixth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 88th District which includes Columbus Junction, Wapello, and Mediapolis.

Rep. Sands is the Chairman of the Ways & Means committees and also serves on the Commerce and Public Safety committees.

Tom was born on September 13, 1954 in Muscatine.  He grew up in Columbus Junction and graduated from Columbus Junction High School in 1972.  Following graduation, Tom attended Muscatine Community College.  Currently, Tom works as a banker, real estate appraiser, and owner of the family farm.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – July 18

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The recent unseasonably chilly weather makes it feel more like harvest season than mid-July in Iowa! While I must admit it has been a refreshing break from the usual scorching heat and humidity, warmer temperatures appear to be on the horizon…just in time for RAGBRAI! This year’s route takes the bicyclists through Ventura and Clear Lake, and I have no doubt everyone will feel thoroughly welcomed and entertained by these great communities. Thanks to all who have put in so much time and energy preparing for this one-of-a-kind, quintessential Iowa event.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 17

newsletter thumbnailA new July 2014 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 7-17-2014

In this edition:

  • Court Ruling Gives Jolt to Solar Energy
  • Proposed Pipeline Stirs Up Discussion
  • Iowa Among Top States in Education Spending Increases
  • DNR Unleashes Goats on Weeds

Meet Our Members – Sandy Salmon


Representative Sandy Salmon is currently serving her second term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 63rd District which includes Waverly.

Rep. Salmon is the Vice Chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs committee, and also serves on the Education, Natural Resources, and Public Safety committees, as well as the Agriculture & Natural Resources budget subcommittee.

Sandy and her husband, Matt, live on an acreage between Janesville and Denver and have lived in northeast Iowa 23 years.

Sandy was born in Oklahoma where her dad was stationed at the Army base, Fort Sill. After he was discharged the family moved back to their farm near Kingsley in northwest Iowa. They raised corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle.

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Throwback Thursday!

Speaker Paulsen hard at work in 2003, prior to being elected Speaker of the Iowa House.

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Meet Our Members – Walt Rogers

Representative Walt Rogers is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 60th District which includes Cedar Falls, Hudson, and Waterloo.

Rep. Rogers serves as and Assistant Leader for the House Republican caucus and also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Administration and Rules committee.  Additionally, he serves on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, Education, and Transportation committees.

Walt was born on July 5, 1961, as the sixth of what would be eight children. Some would say, “Wow, you just missed being born on the Fourth of July.” But in Walt’s philosophy, it’s not just whether you declare freedom on one official day – it’s what you’re going to do about freedom the next day and the day after. And as he’s watched a government with an endless appetite for expansion erode our liberties, undercut our businesses, and intrude deeper into our lives, it has become obvious that we need leaders to step up and turn things around.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – July 3

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Happy 4th of July! This is the time of year when we gather with friends and family to celebrate our nation’s birthday and our blessings of independence and liberty. A time when parade floats, city streets, and many of our front yards will be dotted with the greatest symbol of these blessings- the beautiful red, white, and blue.

I would again like to thank our military men and women who selflessly and faithfully protect the precious freedoms and liberties we enjoy every day. We are eternally grateful for your service and sacrifice.

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