Freshman Profile – Brian Best

BestRepresentative-elect Brian Best, of Glidden, was elected to serve House District 12 this past election.  The district consists of all of Carroll and Audubon Counties, as well as eastern Crawford County.  Audubon and Carroll are the major population centers in the district.

Brian was born and raised on a farm south of Glidden.  He graduated from Glidden-Ralston High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Northern Iowa.  He earned a degree as a Certified Respiratory Therapist in 1991 and is licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the State of Iowa.  Brian has worked in the medical field since 1984.

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Freshman Profile – Terry Baxter

BaxterRepresentative-elect Terry Baxter, of Garner, will enter the Iowa House to serve his first term this January, representing Iowa House District 8.  The district consists of all of Hancock and Wright Counties, as well as portions of Kossuth County.  Algona, Clarion, Garner and Eagle Grove are the major population centers in the district.

Terry is the co-founder and serves as the Executive Director of Global Compassion Network, an organization that provides aid, domestically and internationally, to disaster-stricken areas.  He has traveled on several mission trips to help those less fortunate.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – November 17

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It is hard to believe but the holidays are almost here. I am looking forward to spending time with family over Thanksgiving and I hope you have the chance to do the same. With the early arrival of winter weather, we will have to throw an extra log on the fire.

I wanted to take a moment to thank the good people of Franklin, Butler, and Cerro Gordo county for their support. It is humbling to have been elected to another term in the Iowa House of Representatives. Serving in the House is an honor but it is made special because of the members of our community I get to work for.

Your encouragement, ideas and energy are what I take with me to the Capitol. I am proud to represent you and I am thankful for your support on election day.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – November 13

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

Caucus Newsletter 11-13-2014

In this edition:

  • Review of Iowa’s Education Standards Begins with Science Standards
  • Health in Iowa Report Released
  • AFSCME Proposes Initial Collective Bargaining Agreement

Veteran’s Day 2014

Vets Day

Click here to see a list of Veteran’s Day events across Iowa.


House Republicans Elect Leadership

(DES MOINES)—Today Iowa House Republicans elected the leadership team that will carry them into the eighty-sixth General Assembly.

Rep. Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) was selected to continue in the role of the Speaker of the House. Paulsen will be serving his seventh term. He is an attorney for CRST International, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. A former member of the United States Air Force, Paulsen had previously served as the Minority Whip, the House Republican Leader and Speaker for four years.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was re-elected as the House Majority Leader. Upmeyer will be serving her seventh term in the House and is a nurse practitioner. Upmeyer previously served as the House Minority Whip for two years and the Majority Leader for four years.

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Election Day 2014


Today is Election Day!  Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote.

Polls open from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

To find your polling location, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s website.


House Republican Caucus Newsletter – October 30

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

Caucus Newsletter 10-30-2014

In this edition:

  • State Sees Spike in Employee Health Insurance Rates for 2015
  • Student Tracking Technology
  • Performance Based Funding Model at the Regents
  • Governor Announces New Military Academic Partnership Program

Policy Spotlight: Disable Veteran Homestead Credit

Policy Spotlight

Increase in Disabled Veteran Homestead Credit

Last session House Republicans voted unanimously for Senate File 2352 to expand the disabled veterans homestead tax credit for Iowa’s most disabled heroes.

A disabled veteran tax credit already existed under Iowa Code 425.15. That code section provided a property tax credit on the homestead of an eligible veteran (who received special adaptive housing because of a service-connected disability) equal to the entire amount of property tax levied. Senate File 2352 modified the qualifications for this total property tax credit by adding the following as qualified recipients:

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Candidate Profile: Norlin Mommsen

Mommsen headshotNorlin Mommsen, of DeWitt, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 97 which includes Comanche, DeWitt, and LeClaire.

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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