House Republican Newsletter – July 28, 2016

A new version of the June 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – July 28

In this edition:

  • Other Midwestern States Experiencing Slow Growth in FY 2016
  • The (un)Affordable Care Act
  • School Boards Begin Setting Legislative Priorities for 2017
  • Annual Sales Tax Holiday Set for Next Weekend

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.

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Meet Our Members – Joel Fry

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Representative Joel Fry just finished 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. Read more »

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Meet Our Members – Stan Gustafson

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Representative Stan Gustafson just finished serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 25th District, which includes Winterset and Norwalk.

Rep. Gustafson is the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary committee, and also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, and Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the Justice Systems budget subcommittee.

Stan graduated from high school in California and then attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a degree in finance.  After graduation, his participation in Navel ROTC led him to a 2nd Lieutenant Commission in the Marine Corps.  He served in Vietnam from 1966-67 with the Second Battalion, 1st Marines, as an Artillery Forward Observer.  Later, as a Fiscal Officer, Stan managed budges in excess of $80 million. He would finish his active duty commitment honorably and participate in the Reserves for the next 23 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

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Meet Our Members – Cecil Dolecheck

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Representative Cecil Dolecheck just finished 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 Appropriation budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, and Education committees.

Cecil was born on May 30, 1951, in Mount Ayr. He graduated from the Mt. Ayr Community School District in 1969 prior to attending Iowa Sate University for two years, when he returned to assist his father on the family farm. His father, Ivan, and mother, Leola, farmed in Ringold County near Mount Ayr.

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Meet Our Member – David Sieck

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David Sieck represents House District 23, and just finished serving his first term in the Iowa House after winning a special election in February 2015. In the House, David serves as the Vice Chair of the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Education, Environmental Protection, Human Resources, and Public Safety Committees.  Read more »

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update

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Summer Reading Pilot Study Kicks Off

A new summer reading pilot program is now underway. This program, being conducted in 44 school districts and reaching around 1,800 students, will serve as an opportunity for schools to identify best practices to most effectively help third-grade students who are not proficient in reading by the end of third-grade.

In 2012, the Iowa Legislature passed the Iowa Early Reading Initiative as part of a broader education reform initiative. The law requires students’ reading proficiency to be tracked from the earliest grades to determine if the student is on track to reach proficiency. Students that are in danger of not reading at a proficient level would receive additional resources to help catch up. Read more »

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Meet Our Members – Greg Forristall

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Representative Greg Forristall just finished 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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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 14, 2016

A new version of the June 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – July 14

In this edition:

  • Fiscal Year 2016 ends with revenue bump in June, but still lags behind REC projections
  • Iowa Leaders Send letter to President Obama on Proposed RFS Rule
  • Summer Reading Pilot Programs Begin
  • West Des Moines Among Top Places To Retire in U.S.

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.

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Meet Our Members – Tom Moore

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Tom Moore just finished serving his first year in the Iowa House, winning a mid-term special election in December 2015.

Tom taught history and physical education and coached for 33 years at Grinnell and Griswold Community Schools. He followed that career with 8 years as Assistant Manager at Southewest Iowa Egg Cooperative. Read more »

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Fiscal New Year

Happy 240th birthday to the greatest country on earth, the United States of America!  I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Independence Day filled with family and friends.  It was great to see and talk with so many Iowans during the Clear Lake parade.

I also want to say thank you to the men and women of our armed forces who keep us safe every day and defend or freedom and independence.  We all owe you a great debt of gratitude. Read more »

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