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Upmeyer Issues Statement on Gubernational Transition

(DES MOINES) – Today House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement regarding the gubernatorial transition:

“I’d like to thank Governor Branstad for his decades of public service to the people of Iowa and congratulate him on his appointment as Ambassador to China.  The future of our state is on a bright path thanks in part to the hard work and dedication of Terry Branstad.  The people of Iowa are thankful for all that he has done as we look forward to his next endeavor working for all Americans.

“While Iowans are losing a tenacious champion for our state, we’re getting someone that’s equal in Terry Branstad’s passion and enthusiasm with Kim Reynolds.

“Kim Reynolds has the knowledge and experience to take on the role of Governor and move Iowa forward.   Few rival her passion and dedication to improve  our state and the people of Iowa’s lives.

“Congratulations to Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds.  I look forward to working with her next session to make Iowa a great place to raise a family or grow a business.”

 

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Speaker Upmeyer Issues Statement on the Passing of Rep. Greg Forristall

Rep. Greg Forristall

Speaker of the Iowa House Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement in response to the passing of Rep. Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia):

“Our hearts are heavy today with the passing of Rep. Greg Forristall, who fought courageously during his  battle with cancer.  He was a dedicated public servant to the people he represented and an advocate for the arts and education, two issues that he was incredibly passionate for.  He will be sorely missed.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Greg’s family and friends, but especially to his wife, Carol.  Carol served alongside Greg for many years in the House as his clerk and is a fellow member of the House Republican family.”

Forristall was born in Council Bluffs and grew up on the family farm near Macedonia and attended Carson-Macedonia schools where he graduated in 1968.  He went on to attend the University of Iowa, graduating in 1972 and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1973.  Greg married Carol in 1978, and she taught music in Iowa public schools for 35 years.

Forristall was elected to serve his sixth term in the Iowa House last November.  During his tenure in the Legislature, he served as Chairman of the Education Committee from 2011-2013 and the Labor Committee from 2013-2017.

Forristall was active in the community with organizations such as the Council Bluffs Sister Cities, Farm Bureau, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Western Community College Board.  He was a member of the United States Grain Council and served on the Iowa State Board of Education, the Iowa Western Community College Board and the Iowa Community College Council.

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

This was a session in which we all came in a little unsure of how to read the message from the election. What seemed clear however, is that voters were tired of the status quo and they weren’t very interested in shoulder shrugs or finger-pointing from their representatives.

Voters wanted government to get work done and to work on their behalf. In short, the message from Iowans is that they wanted a better deal.

We took that to heart and while congress still looks like a pickup truck stuck in mud, we rolled our sleeves up and got to work.

Rather than being restrained by tradition or status quo, we accepted the challenge of doing the hard things.

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House and Senate Release Joint Budget Target

(DES MOINES) – Today House and Senate leaders announced joint budget targets for Fiscal Year 2018.  The agreed upon budget plan spends $7.245 billion.

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Grassley Issues Statement on Revenue Estimating Conference

(DES MOINES) – Today Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford)Grassley Issues Statement on Revenue Estimating Conference, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Revenue Estimating Conference’s latest revenue projections:

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Opening Remarks for the 87th General Assembly

(DES MOINES) – House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you Madam Speaker.

Madam Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen of the House. It is my great honor to welcome you, your families, and friends back to the Statehouse to begin the 87th General Assembly.

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Opening Remarks for the 87th General Assembly

(DES MOINES) — Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!

It’s such an honor to be here with you today. I love being able to share such an amazing day with you, your families, and people all across our state. Of all the things that come with an opening day, my favorite remains the optimism that fills this room.

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House Republicans Release Committee Assignments

House Republicans Release Committee Assignments

(DES MOINES) – Today, Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced committee assignments for the 87th General Assembly:

2017 Committees

Committees by Member

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House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

(DES MOINES) – Today House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the Eighty-Seventh General Assembly.  They are as follows:

Standing Committees:

Administrative Rules Review

Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mount Auburn) – Chair

Administration and Rules

Rep. Mike Sexton (R-Rockwell City) – Chair

Rep. Jarad Klein (R-Keota) – Vice Chair

Agriculture

Rep. Lee Hein (R-Monticello) – Chair

Rep. Chuck Holz (R-Le Mars) – Vice Chair Read more »

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House Republicans Elect Leadership

House Republicans Elect Leadership

Upmeyer re-elected Speaker, Hagenow as Majority Leader

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Republicans elected new leadership to lead the caucus into the 2017 legislative session.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was re-elected as Speaker of the House.  Upmeyer has served as Speaker of the House since 2015, and previously served as House Majority Leader from 2010-2015 and House Minority Whip from 2008-2010.  She was just elected to serve her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She served as a nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center for many years. Read more »

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