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House Republicans Release Statement on Governor’s Address

(DES MOINES) – House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) and Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) released the following statements in response to Governor Terry Branstad ’s Condition of the State address:

“The governor struck a hopeful and optimistic tone.  His agenda is focused on jobs for veterans and rural Iowans along with helping those who need the training and experience to increase their personal incomes,” said Speaker Paulsen.

“Governor Branstad wants to continue the momentum of the last three years, moving the state forward after years of mismanagement. We look forward to continuing to work with the governor to find even more ways to restore predictability and certainty for Iowans,” said Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer.


Speaker Paulsen’s Opening Remarks


I’m happy to welcome you all to the second session of the 85th General Assembly.

I don’t know about what your experiences during the interim were, but I have never been thanked for the legislature’s work as much as I have been this last eight months.  To be clear I don’t think all of a sudden we were smarter or harder working, I think it was that the 150 members of the general assembly and Governor Branstad decided to have what ended up being an exceptional focus on Iowans and advancing public policy that advanced our state.

And while we may have been rigid in maintaining our principles, we were flexible and committed to finding resolution within them. The product ended up being something that all Iowans could be proud of.

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Majority Leader Upmeyer’s Opening Remarks

Opening Day Upmeyer

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

Ladies and gentlemen of the House, our guests here today, and to all Iowans listening and watching online, welcome back to the Iowa House of Representatives.

A special welcome to the newly elected members of this body, your fresh perspectives and ideas are a welcome addition to the chamber.

Rep. Smith, congratulations on your election as leader of your caucus.  I look forward to building on our past experiences of working together to find solutions to important issues facing Iowans.

I know you will all agree that it is truly a special honor to return here today to work on behalf of Iowans toward a better future for our state.

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2014 Legislative Session Begins

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The House will gavel in at 10:00 am.

What issues do you think the Legislature should address this year?  Let us know in the comments section!