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Freshman Profile – Darrel Branhagen

Branhagen headshotRepresentative-elect Darrel Branhagen, of Decorah, was elected to serve House District 55 this past election.  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.

Darrel grew up in Decorah where he graduated from Decorah High School, and then earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin.  He also earned his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines.

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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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