Meet Our Members – Steven Holt


Representative Steven Holt just finished serving his first term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 18th District which includes Denison and Harlan.

Rep. Holt is the Vice Chairman of the Public Safety committee, and also serves on the Commerce, Labor, and Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the Justice Systems budget subcommittee.

Steven served our country for 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing numerous deployments overseas, and receiving countless decorations.  After his military service he entered law enforcement and worked as a Deputy Sheriff and Police Chief.  In 2002 he and his wife, Crystal, started their own small business, Movie Magic USA, an online movie store.  In 2013, they opened another small business, Summer Magic Tropical Sno in Denison.

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Meet Our Members: Matt Windschitl

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Representative Matt Windschitl just finished serving his fifth 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, Veterans Affairs, and Ways & Means committees.

First elected in 2006 at the age of 22, Matt became the youngest legislator serving in the Iowa General Assembly at that time.  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.  In 2014 Matt was elected to serve as the Speaker Pro-Tempore and reelected to this position in 2015.

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update


Helping Emergency Responders to Better Serve Iowans

Americans woke up last week to the news of the horrible tragedy that took place in Orlando. We all as Americans are saddened and troubled by another act of terror on our nation’s soil. My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those whose lives were lost.

While mourning the loss of innocent life, one question to ask is if an unthinkable situation like this should happen in our state, would our law enforcement and emergency personnel have the tools needed to respond as effectively as possible? Read more »


News Release: Nunn to Deploy on Active Duty

Nunn to Deploy on Active Duty

(BONDURANT) – Today, State Representative Zach Nunn (R-Bondurant) announced he will be serving a military deployment in support of U.S. military operations beginning June 2016 through September 2016.  This will be Nunn’s fourth active duty deployment.

Nunn serves as a Major with the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Wing in Des Moines.  He was previously on active duty with the U.S. Air Force amassing 700-combat flight hours during three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  During a prior deployment, he was awarded “Best Aircrew” in the Air Force for life-saving air support to U.S. special operations troops under heavy enemy fire.

Nunn was specifically requested by the Department of Defense based on his unique background as a Director of Cybersecurity on the National Security Council and as a National Counterintelligence Officer.

“Serving my country, state and community is an honor.  My family and friends are overwhelmingly supportive and we are grateful,” said Nunn.  “During my time overseas, I will continue to engage with constituents through regular email updates and continuing to provide excellent constituent service to our community members.  Upon my return, I will remain committed to working for Iowan’s in the Statehouse. ”

Nunn, an Assistant House Majority Leader, is serving his first term in the Iowa House.  He and his wife, Kelly, have three children and live in Bondurant.




House Republican Caucus Newsletter – June 16

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – June 16

In this edition:

  • May Revenue Grows, But Still Below REC Forecast
  • Midwest Economic Survey Shows Slow Growth, Concerns
  • Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in Schools
  • DOT Commission Approves Iowa Transportation Improvement Program

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.


Meet Our Members – Mary Ann Hanusa


Representative Mary Ann Hanusa just finished serving her third term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 16th District, which includes Council Bluffs.

Rep. Hanusa is the Chairwoman of the Economic Growth committee, and also serves on the Education, Labor, and Transportation committees, as well as the Economic Development budget subcommittee.

Mary Ann was born and raised in Council Bluffs. She received her K-12 education in Council Bluffs, and attended Concordia Teachers College where she earned a degree in education with majors in history and political science. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning her master’s degree in American History.

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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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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter


Final Action

With the arrival of June, it means that warmer weather and summer is here.  Our free time will soon be filled with county fairs, cook outs, parades, and more time with family.  I know that I’m looking forward to this summer!

Recently, Governor Branstad completed action on the 2016 session by signing the final bills from this year.  In this week’s newsletter, I’ll highlight a few of the good things that we accomplished this session that were signed into law:

The Governor issued no vetoes and signed off on the budget in full.  This year’s budget continues the practices of spending less than the state collects and not using one-time money to pay for ongoing needs.  This is the sixth year in a row that the legislature has abided by these common sense measures.  The budget is responsible and makes investments in Iowans’ priorities like education, public safety, and health care.
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Meet Our Members – Gary Worthan

Gary Worthan

Representative Gary Worthan just finished serving his fifth 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, 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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Meet our Members – Mike Sexton

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Representative Mike Sexton, of Rockwell City, represents House District 10.  The district consists of Calhoun, Humboldt, and Pocathontas Counties, as well as parts of Webster County.  Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Rockwell City make up the major population centers in the district.  Representative Sexton just completed his first term in the Iowa House.

Mike grew up in Rockwell City on the family farm and graduated from Rockwell City High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Business from Iowa Lakes Community College.  Mike and his wife, Becky, started two small businesses that they currently manage.  Twin Lake Environmental Services is a consulting firm with a goal of keeping family farmers on their land.  Real Time Ag is a software company specializing in keeping producers current with regulatory reporting.

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