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  Resume deadline is Friday, November 21st.


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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Candidate Profile: Mark Ross


Mark Ross, of Bettendorf, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 93 which includes parts of Davenport and Bettendorf in Scott County.

Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Wartburg College in Waverly, and his MBA from the University of Iowa.  Additionally, he has passed the CPA exam.  He is an entrepreneur and has created several successful companies in addition to serving in management positions with McGladrey & Pullen and Per Mar Security Services.  Currently, Mark is the CFO of an advanced manufacturing company.  He has an extensive background in the insurance and accounting industries.

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Meet Our Members: Gary Worthan

Gary Worthan

Representative Gary Worthan is currently serving his fourth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 11th District which includes Sac City and Storm Lake.

Rep. Worthan serves as the Chairman of the Judicial Branch and Justice Systems budget subcommittees.  Additionally, he serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Safety, and Transportation committees.

Gary was born in Storm Lake in 1954 and grew up in Truesdale which is just north of Storm Lake. He graduated from Albert City/Truedale High School.

Worthan has served in various capacities within the Farm Bureau, and has an Associate’s Degree in Farm Operations from Iowa State University. He is a 4th generation family farmer. His Great-grandfather purchased the land that he farms in 1878 from the railroad.

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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:


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.


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

Paustian headshot

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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