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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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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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Meet Our Members – Speaker Linda Upmeyer

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Speaker of the House Leader Linda Upmeyer just finished serving her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 54th District which includes Clear Lake and Hampton.

Rep. Upmeyer serves as the first female Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, and was previously elected as Iowa’s first female House Majority Leader by her peers in 2010.

Linda was born on July 23, 1952 in Mason City. Her father, Del Stromer, was a farmer and former Speaker of the Iowa House. Her mother, Harriet, is a homemaker and was a longtime aide to Del. Linda has one brother, David, a farmer in Garner, and a sister, Pam, in Dublin, Ohio.

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES) – Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) delivered closing remarks on the 2016 session to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, thank you.  Thank you for your time, patience and service.

A very special thanks to the 12 retirees this year.  As you leave the Capitol today, please know all of us appreciate your commitment to Iowans in your district.

Thank you to the House Republican Leadership team: Matt, Joel, Walt, Jarad, John and Zach – you serve our caucus well and I appreciate the help each of provide.

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Speaker Select Upmeyer Issues Statement on Syrian Refugees

(DES MOINES) – Today Speaker Select Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement regarding Governor Branstad’s actions to suspend the relocation of Syrian refugees in Iowa:

“Iowa has a rich tradition of compassion and welcoming refugees from across the globe, but we must ensure that the safety and security of Iowans are put first,” said Speaker-select Upmeyer.  “I want to thank Governor Branstad for his swift action to suspend the placement of Syrian refugees within the state until a thorough review of the vetting process can be completed.  We must keep the security interests of Iowans in mind; pausing until we have more confidence in our intelligence is the responsible approach.”

“I would encourage President Obama to strongly consider the requests of numerous Governors that have asked for a review of the nation’s current refugee policy.”

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – Growing a 21st Century Workforce

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Earlier this week we celebrated Veteran’s Day to honor those who served in our nation’s armed forces. I’d like to take the time at the beginning of this newsletter to thank them for their service, sacrifice, and dedication to this country. Without the brave men and women of our armed forces, past and present, I wouldn’t be able to represent the 30,000 citizens of District 54 in the Iowa House. Our soldiers and veterans have fought to ensure that all Americans remain free and that our democracy stands.

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many Iowans over recent weeks. The topics of education, career readiness and workforce needs have come up frequently. While the Legislature has taken steps over the past few years to solve some of these issues, there is still work to be done.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too

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Caution Flags

With Halloween upon us next week, that means that the Holiday Season is right around the corner.  Soon we will all be getting ready to spend time with family and friends over Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as we head into the New Year.  It’s hard to believe that we are only about two months away from 2016!

Last week the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) held its October meeting where they projected how much revenue the state can expect to collect during the current fiscal year and next year.  The REC consists of three members: one from the Legislative Branch, one from the Executive Branch, and a member from the public.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too

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Iowa’s Farm Economy in Decline

Autumn is finally upon us which brings one of my favorite times of the year in Iowa.  Pumpkin patches, football, and harvest season fill our weekends, and we’re treated to absolutely gorgeous weather while we watch the leaves change colors.  It’s truly hard to think of a better time of year.

In talking over the last few months with farmers across Iowa, I’m hearing more and more about the sluggish farm economy.  Agriculture and rural communities are the backbone of Iowa and our economy so it’s important to keep an eye on what is going on with our farmers.  This year has been especially tough for our livestock and crop farmers in dealing with both the avian flu and the decline in commodity prices.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – An Amazing Opportunity

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This is a special newsletter for me to write this week. Yesterday, I was elected by my colleagues to be the next Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. I will now follow in the footsteps of my father, Del Stromer, who served as the speaker in the 1980’s while also blazing a new trail as the first woman to serve as speaker in Iowa history.

I have never been more humbled than I am by those who have given me this amazing opportunity. While you were not a part of the vote for speaker, you are the ones that made it a possibility.

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