Meet Our Members – Tedd Gassman

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Representative Tedd Gassman is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 7th District, which includes Estherville, Forest City and Lake Mills.

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

Born on March 6th 1943 in Valentine Nebraska, Tedd grew up in Todd County, South Dakota and graduated from Todd County High School in 1961. Graduated from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota with a B.S.E. with a major in math and a minor in physics in 1965.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – August 27

newsletter thumbnailA new August 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 8-27-2015

In this edition:

  • Initial LSA Review of FY 2017 Shows Significant Challenges
  • Iowa Medicaid Program Transitions to Managed Care
  • Back to School Safety Tips
  • Refresher Course: Iowa’s OWI Administrative Law
  • Is Computer Science Valued in Schools?
  • Iowa DNR to Participate in National Avian Influenza Surveillance Effort
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Meet Our Members – Joel Fry

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Representative Joel Fry is currently serving his third term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 27th District, which includes Chariton, Osceola, Leon and Corydon.

Rep. Fry serves as the Whip for the House Republican caucus, and also sits on the Administration & Rules, Education, Human Resources, Labor, and Public Safety committees.

Joel was born and raised in Osceola in small family business and farming. He and his wife, Heather, have four children. They live in rural Osceola where they own two small businesses. He is president of TEAM Restoration Ministries and serves as an expert consultant for healthcare issues related to hospice and end of life care. He is also adjunct faculty at Simpson College and the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

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Meet Our Members – Greg Forristall

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Representative Greg Forristall is currently serving his fifth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 22nd District, which includes Macedonia and Avoca.

Rep. Forristall is the Chairman of the Labor committee, and also serves on the Education Human Resources, and Ways & Means committees.

Greg grew up on the family farm near Macedonia, and after graduation from Carson-Macedonia High School, he went on to earn bachelor and master degrees in music at the University of Iowa.

Greg currently resides in Macedonia with his wife, Carol, who taught music in Iowa public schools for thirty-five years. Greg farmed for 25 years and also worked in the financial services and information technology industries.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – An Amazing Opportunity

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This is a special newsletter for me to write this week. Yesterday, I was elected by my colleagues to be the next Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. I will now follow in the footsteps of my father, Del Stromer, who served as the speaker in the 1980’s while also blazing a new trail as the first woman to serve as speaker in Iowa history.

I have never been more humbled than I am by those who have given me this amazing opportunity. While you were not a part of the vote for speaker, you are the ones that made it a possibility.

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House Republicans Select Leadership

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(DES MOINES) – Today House Republicans elected a new leadership team to lead the caucus into the 2016 legislative session.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was selected as Speaker of the House.  First elected in 2002, Upmeyer is currently serving her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She previously served as the House Minority Whip for two years and most recently the House Majority Leader for the last five years.  When not serving in Des Moines, she is a nurse practitioner.  Upmeyer is the first woman to be elected Speaker of the Iowa House.

Rep. Upmeyer will replace Rep. Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) who announced earlier this month that he will not seek reelection next year and will resign as Speaker prior to the 2016 legislative session.

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Meet Our Members – Dean Fisher

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Representative Dean Fisher is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 72nd District, which includes Tama and Toledo.

Rep. Fisher is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources committee, and also serves on the Appropriations, Environmental Protection, and Public Safety committees, as well as the Education budget subcommittee.

Dean is a fifth-generation Iowa farmer and is proud to own a Heritage Farm located 4 miles north of Montour that has been in his family since 1852.

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Meet Our Members – Jack Drake

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Representative Jack Drake is currently serving his twelfth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 21st District, which includes Atlantic, Creston, and Corning.

Rep. Drake is the Chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, and State Government committees.

Jack was born on July 29, 1934, in Walnut, Iowa. His father, Wallace, and mother, Arlene, were both farmers. He attended grade school at Lincoln #2 Country School in Walnut and graduated from Atlantic High School. Following graduation, he attended the University of Iowa.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – August 13

newsletter thumbnailA new August 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 8-13-2015

In this edition:

  • Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Comes Out of the Blocks Slow
  • State Board Adopts New Science Standards and Statewide Assessment
  • Report Indicates Economic Unease
  • Fort Madison Prison Finally Opens
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Meet Our Members – Cecil Dolecheck

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Representative Cecil Dolecheck is currently serving his tenth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 24th District, which includes Bedford, Clarinda, Mount Ayr, and Shenandoah.

Rep. Dolecheck is the Chairman of the Education budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, and Education committees.

Cecil was born on May 30, 1951, in Mount Ayr. His father, Ivan, and mother, Leola, farmed in Ringold County near Mount Ayr.

Cecil graduated from the Mt. Ayr Community School District in 1969.  He attended Iowa State University for two years and returned to the farm.

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