Freshman Profile – Ross Paustian

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Representative-elect Ross Paustian, of Walcott, was elected to serve House District 92 this past election.  The district consists of parts of Scott County.  Western Davenport, Eldridge and Walcott make up the major population centers in the district.  Ross previously served in the Iowa House from 2011-2013, representing House District 84.

Ross is a graduate of Davenport West High School and South Dakota State University.  He is a fifth-generation crop and livestock farmer and is the past President of the Scott County Farm Bureau, past President of the Scott County Pork Producers, and past President of the Walcott Community Club.

In the House, Ross has served as a leader on the Agriculture, Commerce, Environmental Protection, and Ways & Means committees.  He was also appointed to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee from 2011-2013.


Freshman Profile – Zach Nunn

Nunn headshot #2Representative-elect Zach Nunn, of Bondurant, was elected to serve House District 30 this past election.  The district consists of Eastern Polk County.  Altoona and Bondurant make up the major population centers in the district.

A sixth-generation Iowan and Altoona native, Zach grew up the son of a public school teacher and a nurse.  He learned early the value of a hard work from his grandfather, a livestock farmer and head of the family’s 100+ year old Iowa farm.

Together, Zach and his wife Kelly, also an Altoona native, own and operate a small business.  They love raising their kids:  Addi (6) and Canon (4).

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – December 12

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you’re continuing to enjoy the Christmas season.  Between the hustle and bustle of shopping and parties, be sure to take a moment to appreciate what we’re celebrating and enjoy the simple pleasures that make this time of year so blessed and special.

On January 12, we will begin a new legislative session.  Naturally, my thoughts turn to what I’ve been hearing from you.  One of the things I’ve consistently heard from you since taking office is that you would like to see more transparency in state government.  I couldn’t agree more and in an effort to do just that, last session we passed legislation to make a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate website available for Iowans to find information about the fees charged by state agencies to the public.  The information can be found at

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Freshman Profile – Norlin Mommsen

Mommsen headshotRepresentative-elect Norlin Mommsen, of DeWitt, was elected to serve House District 97 this past election.  The district consists of portions of both Clinton and Scott Counties.  Comanche, LeClaire, and DeWitt make up the major population centers in the district.

Norlin was raised in Miles, graduated from East Central High School, and attended the Farm Operations Program at Iowa State University.  He began farming over 30 years ago.  For nearly a decade he worked at a local agriculture retailer selling fertilizer and herbicides.  Today he’s farming again, growing corn and soybeans, and raising hogs and cattle.

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House Republicans Announce Committee Memberships

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Freshman Profile – Steve Holt

Holt headshotRepresentative-elect Steve Holt, of Denison, was elected to serve House District 18 this past election.  The district consists of Crawford and Shelby Counties as well as eastern Harrison County.  Denison and Harlan make up the major population centers in the district.

Steve served our country for 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing numerous deployments overseas, and receiving countless decorations.  After his military service he entered law enforcement and worked as a Deputy Sheriff and Police Chief.  In 2002 he and his wife, Crystal, started their own small business, Movie Magic USA, a DVD internet store.  Last year they opened another small business, Summer Magic Tropical Snow in Denison.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – December 4

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

Caucus Newsletter 12-4-2014

In this edition:

  • State Revenue Growing at Slower Rate
  • Revenue Estimating Conference Meeting Set for December 12
  • Court’s Ruling Offers ACA Reprieves, Challenges
  • 11 Signs to Watch for Cyberbullying

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor State Rep. Dwayne Alons

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, to honor State Representative Dwayne Alons, a retired brigadier general with the Iowa Air National Guard. Representative Alons passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Alons is survived by his wife, Clarice, of Hull, four children and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3 at First Reformed Church in Hull.

The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funeral will be presented to Rep. Alons’ family.


Freshman Profile – Gary Carlson

Carlson headshot #3Representative-elect Gary Carlson, of Muscatine, was elected to serve House District 91 this past election.  The district consists of part of Muscatine County.  Muscatine makes up the major population center in the district.

Gary is a lifelong Iowan and a graduate of the University of Iowa.  Upon graduating from college, Gary went to work as a First Line Production Supervisor for Bandag, Inc. on the night shift.  It was there that Gary learned how to lead a diverse team of people by maximizing the skills of each team member and creating an environment of communication.  Gary would stay with Bandag for 23 years and managed their operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs

(DES MOINES) – Monday, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) announced the standing and budget committee chairs for the eighty-sixth General Assembly which begins January 12, 2015.  They are as follows:

Standing Committees

  • Administrative Rules Review:  Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mount Auburn)
  • Administration and Rules:  Rep. Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls)
  • Agriculture:  Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford)
  • Appropriations:  Rep. Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars)
  • Commerce:  Rep. Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines)
  • Economic Growth:  Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa (R-Council Bluffs)
  • Education:  Rep. Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City)
  • Environmental Protection:  Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids)
  • Ethics:  Rep. Rob Taylor (R-West Des Moines)
  • Government Oversight:  Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton)
  • Human Resources:  Rep. Linda Miller (R-Bettendorf)
  • International Relations:  Rep. Jake Highfill (R-Johnston)
  • Judiciary:  Rep. Chip Baltimore (R-Boone)
  • Labor:  Rep. Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia)
  • Local Government:  Rep. Kevin Koester (R-Ankeny)
  • Natural Resources:  Rep. Brian Moore (R-Bellevue)
  • Public Safety:  Rep. Clel Baudler (R-Greenfield)
  • State Government:  Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa)
  • Transportation:  Rep. Josh Byrnes (R-Osage)
  • Veterans Affairs:  Rep. Quentin Stanerson (R-Center Point)
  • Ways and Means:  Rep. Tom Sands (R-Wapello)

Appropriations Subcommittees:

  • Administration and Regulation:    Rep. John Landon (R-Ankeny)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources:  Rep. Jack Drake (R-Griswold)
  • Economic Development:  Rep. Dave Deyoe (R-Nevada)
  • Education:  Rep. Cecil Dolecheck (R-Mt. Ayr)
  • Health and Human Services:  Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant)
  • Justice Systems:  Rep. Gary Worthan (R-Storm Lake)
  • Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals:  Rep. Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia)