Meet Our Members – Josh Byrnes

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Representative Josh Byrnes is currently serving his third term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 51st District, which includes Cresco and Osage.

Rep. Byrnes is the Chairman of the Transportation committee, and also serves on the Agriculture Education, and Ways & Means committees.

Josh grew up in Riceville where he graduated from Riceville Community High School in 1992. He went on to graduate from Luther College, earned a Master’s Degree from Winona State University, and is currently completing his doctoral work at Iowa State University.

Josh was a high school teacher for eight and a half years and also served as an administrator at the community college level. Byrnes has taught or coached in the districts of Denison, Osage, Riceville, Mason City, St. Ansgar, and Clear Lake.

Josh is passionate about education, agriculture, and manufacturing and wants to see these areas continue to grow and be progressive. He believes these areas can grow through entrepreneurship and training.

Josh currently resides on an acreage in Mitchell County with his wife, Colleen, daughters, Alexandra and Scarlett, and son, Nolan. Colleen is a family nurse practitioner at the Mitchell County Regional Hospital. The family enjoys their acreage where they have a small cow calf herd, raise gourds and play ball on their diamond.

To contact Josh, you can email him at  You can also follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaByrnes.