Posts tagged: Iowa

Majority Leader Upmeyer’s Opening Remarks for the 86th General Assembly

Below are Majority Leader Upmeyer’s opening day remarks, prepared for delivery:

Thank you Mr. Speaker,

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, our families and guests here today, and to all Iowans listening and watching online, welcome to the 86th General Assembly of the Iowa House of Representatives.

I am honored to be sworn in today with such an amazing group of people. Take a look around the room. The variety of expertise and experience here is impressive.

You bring with you a wealth of perspective that will enrich the work we do here. Thank you for offering your time and talent to serve. Thank you to your families and friends for their support and helping make it possible for you to be here.

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Speaker Pro Tem Windschitl’s Opening Remarks for the 86th General Assembly

Below are Speaker Pro Tem Windschitl’s opening day remarks, prepared for delivery:

Ladies and gentlemen of the 86th General Assembly thank you for bestowing on me the honor to serve as Speaker Pro Tem. It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve with all of you. I would like to thank my constituents back home for choosing me to be their voice in this august body. I would also like to thank my family, especially my wife Ivelisse and our daughters, for all the sacrifices they make to accommodate my service to the people of Iowa.

We each have different priorities our constituents sent us here to focus on. As Speaker Pro Tem I look forward to working with each and every one of you to accomplish many of those priorities in a bipartisan fashion. There are times we may not agree on the best path forward, but we all have a similar interest at heart, to do what is right by the people of Iowa.

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Speaker Paulsen’s Opening Remarks for the 86th General Assembly

Below are Speaker Paulsen’s opening day remarks, prepared for delivery:

Friends, family, representatives – welcome to the 86th General Assembly.

I’d like to take a moment to recognize all of the family members in the chamber today, particularly my wife Cathy.  Our families are our biggest supporters and make the most sacrifices in our service to Iowans.  Thank you for your constant strength and encouragement.

I’d also like to recognize that as we convene today we are missing one of our own.  Please keep Rep. Dwayne Alons’ family in your prayers and let’s remember his commitment to Iowans and the fervor in which he worked to move our state forward.

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85th General Assembly: A Win for All Iowans

2014 Wins

At the start of the 2014 session, House Republicans pledged to operate in a manner unlike Washington, D.C. Despite the highly partisan activities in the Iowa Senate, House Republicans proved, once again, that we can work together with Democrats on behalf of Iowans. House Republicans spent time and energy on bipartisan efforts in both 2013 and 2014 to effectively manage the state budget, create certainty for hardworking Iowa taxpayers, families and employers and expand opportunities for Iowa’s veterans.

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House Republican Budget Principles Keeping Iowa in the Black

House Republican Budgeting Principles

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs;
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers

8 Year Ongoing Rev Percentage


Iowa Identifies As More Conservative Than Liberal

40.1% of Iowans identify as conservative compared to only 19.8% of Iowans that identify as liberal according to a new Gallup survey.  Iowa holds a conservative advantage of 20.3% which puts it as the 24th most conservative state in the country.

In total, only three states and the District of Columbia had a net liberal advantage.  The three states clock in at under 6% liberal advantage whereas D.C. had a net advantage of 16.5%!

Wyoming identified as the most conservative state in the country with 51.4% of Wyoming residents identifying as conservative and a conservative advantage of 40.5%.

Read Gallup’s full article here.