Communications Internship Opportunity

Communications Intern

The House Republican caucus is seeking a communications intern for the 2015 legislative session.  Interns will work with the House Republican research staff as well as the Speaker and Majority Leader’s offices and duties will include:  press releases, photography, videography, social media updates, letters, certificates, various writing assignments, and general office duties.  The intern will interact with legislators, staff and members of the media.

Applicants should have an interest in media, Republican politics, and /or communications.  Excellent writing skills are required.

Dates are flexible and time commitment would be roughly 10 hours a week.

Interested applicants should submit a resume to Josie Albrecht at Josie.Albrecht@legis.iowa.gov.  Resume deadline is Friday, November 21st.

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Members in the Des Moines Register

The Des Moines Register recently profiled several of our Polk County area members.  Check them out:

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Policy Spotlight: School Permits

Policy Spotlight

House Republicans Pass Bill Easing School Commutes for Rural Minors

Last session, House Republicans voted unanimously to pass Senate File 2228, which allows minors with school permits the ability to drive from their high school of enrollment to other high schools in order to participate in extracurricular activities.

The bill expands the permissible driving options for a minor with a school permit.  So long as a minor’s high school of enrollment is under a sharing agreement with the high school offering the extracurricular activity, a minor holding the appropriate school permit will be able to drive between those schools and home, based on the shortest route.  This legislation was enacted as a means to encourage those in rural school districts the ability to compete in sports and other extracurricular activities in larger areas, with more convenience.

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Candidate Profile: Gary Carlson

Carlson headshot #3Gary Carlson, of Muscatine, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 91 which includes Muscatine.

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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Candidate Profile: Ross Paustian

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Ross Paustian, of Walcott, is seeking his second term to the Iowa House, previously serving from 2011 until 2013.  He is running to represent House District 92 which includes western Davenport, Eldridge, and Walcott.

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.

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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
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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.

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Candidate Profile: Jeff Shipley

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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.

Learn more about Jane and visit her website at www.JaneJech.com.

Follow Jane on Facebook here.

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