Meet Our Members – Josh Byrnes

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Representative Josh Byrnes is currently serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 51st District, which includes Cresco and Osage.

Rep. Byrnes is the Chairman of the Transportation committee, and also serves on the Education, Natural Resources, and Ways & Means committees, as well as the Education budget subcommittee.

Josh grew up in Riceville where he graduated from Riceville Community High School in 1992. He went on to graduate from Luther College, earned a Master’s Degree from Winona State University, and is currently completing his doctoral work at Iowa State University.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – July 28

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It’s hard to believe, but July is almost over. With the help of some great weather, I have recently enjoyed spending more time outside gardening and playing with my grandchildren. Parade season is well underway and I’ve enjoyed seeing many familiar faces these last few weeks!

It is a privilege to represent so many great communities in North-Central Iowa and I often think about what can be done to help these communities thrive. That has always been a way for me to focus my energy in the Legislature.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 23

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

Caucus Newsletter 7-23-2015

In this edition:

  • Where Are Iowans’ Tax Dollars Going in FY 2016?
  • Licensing Boards Can Violate Anti-Trust Laws
  • Community College Support Over the Years Up 35%
  • Drugged Driving Increasing in Iowa
  • Governor Asks for Review of National Guard Security in Wake of Tennessee Violence
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Meet Our Members – Darrel Branhagen

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Representative Darrel Branhagen, of Decorah, was elected to serve his first term in the Iowa House in 2014, representing House District 55.  The district consists of parts of Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek Counties.  Decorah, Elkader, and West Union make up the major population centers in the district.

Rep. Branhagen serves on the Judiciary, Local Government, State Government, and Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the Justice Systems budget subcommittee.

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Meet Our Members – Brian Best

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Representative Brian Best, of Glidden, was elected to serve his first term in the Iowa House in 2014, representing House District 12.  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.

Rep. Best is the Vice Chairman of the Transportation committee, and also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, and Natural Resources committees, as well as the Health and Human Services budget subcommittee.

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Meet Our Members – Terry Baxter

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Representative Terry Baxter is currently serving his first term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 8th District, which includes Algona, Clarion, Eagle Grove and Garner.

Rep. Baxter serves on the Environmental Protection, Judiciary, Local Government, and Public Safety committees.

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.

To contact Terry, email him at terry.baxter@legis.iowa.gov.

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Meet Our Members – Clel Baudler

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Representative Clel Baudler is currently serving his eighth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 20th District, which includes Greenfield, Guthrie Center, and Perry.

Rep. Baudler is the Chairman of the Public Safety committee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Government Oversight, and Natural Resources committees.

Clel Baudler was first elected in 1998. Prior to becoming elected to the House, Clel was an Iowa State Trooper for 32 years. Since retirement, Clel keeps busy farming. Clel was born on April 4, 1939, in Fontanelle, Iowa. His father, Albert, was a farmer and cattle buyer, and his mother, Nora, was a homemaker.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 9

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

Caucus Newsletter 7-9-2015

In this edition:

  • Governor’s Item Vetoes Make Changes to FY 2016 General Fund budget
  • Economic Growth Within Reach But Closely Guarded
  • Even With Veto, School Funding Significantly Up Over Last 5 Years
  • “Fair Share” Forced Union Dues Face New Supreme Court Challenge
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Meet Our Members – Chip Baltimore

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Representative Chip Baltimore is currently serving his third term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 47th District which includes Boone, Ogden, and Jefferson.

Rep. Baltimore serves as the Chairman of the Judiciary committee, and also serves on the Commerce and Ways & Means committees, as well as the Justice Systems budget subcommittee.

Chip was born in 1966 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He grew up on a small farm, raised by his parents, Dale and Edith. Dale has been a self-employed contractor for over 40 years, and Edith spent those years raising children, running the business part of Dale’s construction business, and was involved in many community organizations. Chip has a sister who lives in Oelwein and a brother who lives in Kansas City.

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Meet Our Members – Rob Bacon

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Representative Rob Bacon is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 48th District which includes Webster City and Madrid.

Rep. Bacon serves as the Vice Chairman of the Human Resources committee, and also serves on the Appropriations, Natural Resources, and State Government committees, as well as the Health & Human Services budget subcommittee.

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