Meet Our Members: Matt Windschitl

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Representative Matt Windschitl is currently serving his fourth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 17th District which includes Ida Grove and Missouri Valley.

Rep. Windschitl serves as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Iowa House,  and sits on the Administration & Rules, Judiciary, Local Government, Veterans Affairs, and Ways & Means committees.

Matt currently serves as the State Representative for Iowa House District 17. First elected in 2006 at the age of 22, Matt became the youngest legislator serving in the Iowa General Assembly at that time. Matt continues to serve as a State Representative and is currently in his fourth term. In 2009, his Republican colleagues in the Iowa House elected Matt as a House Republican Assistant Minority Leader and he was reelected as an Assistant Majority Leader in November of 2010 as well as in November of 2012.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – October 16

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

Caucus Newsletter 10-16-2014

In this edition:

  • Revenue Estimating Conference Sets Preliminary Estimate for FY 2016
  • Ten Iowa Organizations to Receive Grants to Help Promote Specialty Crops
  • Funding for State Recreational Trails Update
  • Record Month for Iowa Veterans Trust Fund

Policy Spotlight: Providing More Transparency

Policy Spotlight

Centralized State Agency Fee Website

Last session, House Republicans passed House File 2274, a bill to make state agency fees easier to access.  The legislation requires the Chief Information Officer to create and maintain an internet site through which each state agency must display their fees and imposed charge.  This site will be open to the public to use.  Additionally, the bill requires state agencies to provide timely and enhanced notification to interested parties of any fee modifications or changes in charges.  The enhanced notification includes mailed updates or email listservs users can use to get an extra reminder of fee changes.

This bill promotes more government transparency, with all state agency information being in a centralized location and open to the public.  By keeping an up to date, public information site, Iowans will be able to stay on top of agency changes, and also be able to faster inquire should fees change.  This legislation also demonstrates the legislature’s efforts to keep up with technology by bringing fee information to users.


Candidate Profile: Jeff Shipley


Jeff Shipley, of Fairfield, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running represent House District 82 which includes Bloomfield, Fairfield, and Keosaqua.  The district is comprised of Davis and Van Buren Counties, as well as portions of Jefferson County.

Jeff grew up in Naperville, Illinois and graduated from Naperville Central High School in 2006.  He attended the University of Iowa and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2010.  During that time he was recognized as an Outstanding Student Leader by University of Iowa President, Sally Mason for his role as a University of Iowa Student Government City Council Liaison where he advocated against tax increases and for an array of conservative activism on campus.

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Candidate Profile: Jane Jech

Jech headshotJane Jech, of Marshalltown, is seeking her first term in the Iowa House.  She is running to represent House District 71 which includes Marshalltown in Marshall County.

Jane attended college in Nebraska and moved to Marshalltown with her husband, Kerry, in 1978 where she worked at a bank for 12 years.  After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Iowa State in 1994, she taught music for three years.  She also substitute taught at a number of Marshalltown area schools.  She was employed at New Hope Christian Church from 1996 to 2009 as the Worship Director.

Jane served on the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Trustees, which gives oversight to the Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College, the campus in Grinnell and Iowa Valley Continuing Education.  She served nine years on the board.

Jane and Kerry have four grown children and four grandchildren.

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Meet Our Members: Ralph Watts

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Representative Ralph Watts is currently serving his sixth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 19th District which includes Adel and Dallas Center.

Rep. Watts serves as the Chairman of the Administration & Regulation budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Appropriations, Commerce, Labor, and State Government committees.

Ralph was born on July 26, 1944, in Lovell, Wyoming. He grew up in Wyoming and graduated from high school in Byron, Wyoming, in 1962. After high school, Ralph graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1966.

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Statement from Rep. Alons

(HULL) – Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull) announced he has been diagnosed with renal cancer in the left kidney.  He will undergo treatments this fall and will continue serving in the Legislature.

“I want to thank my wife, Clarice, family, close friends and neighbors for their support and prayers; they are much appreciated.  I believe unity in prayer is a powerful force against this attack on my body, and I am truly relying on my Lord Jesus as the great Physician.  Serving the people of Sioux County is an exceptional honor and blessing for me and it is a commitment I intend to uphold,” said Rep. Alons.

Alons is running unopposed for re-election to his ninth term in the Iowa House.  He is a retired farmer and retired Iowa Air National Guard Brigadier General.


Candidate Profile: Ken Rizer

Rizer headshotKen Rizer, of Cedar Rapids, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 68 which includes Marion in Linn County.

Ken served for 25 years as an Air Force commander and fighter pilot where he commanded an F-16 fighter squadron, and F-16 fighter group at Andrews Air Force Base.  At Andrews he was responsible for 60,000 military personnel and their families around the world, balanced a $252 million budget, opened the Department of Defense’s first combined charter school, ensured security for all senior US and foreign officials, and procured a $30 million helicopter operations facility.

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Candidate Profile: Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson, of Independence, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 64 which includes Independence and Oelwein.

Craig was born and raised in Independence.  Growing up he was taught the value of a dollar and a hard day’s work while working for his father’s paint contracting business.  He graduated from Independence Jefferson Senior High School and earned a Bachelors degree in Industry from the University of Northern Iowa.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – October 2

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

Caucus Newsletter 10-2-2014

In this edition:

  • ISU Releases Ethanol Study
  • Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • The History of Nursing Home Rebasing
  • Property Tax Reform Saves $127 million for Iowans