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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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House Republicans Select Leadership

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(DES MOINES) – Today House Republicans elected a new leadership team to lead the caucus into the 2016 legislative session.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was selected as Speaker of the House.  First elected in 2002, Upmeyer is currently serving her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She previously served as the House Minority Whip for two years and most recently the House Majority Leader for the last five years.  When not serving in Des Moines, she is a nurse practitioner.  Upmeyer is the first woman to be elected Speaker of the Iowa House.

Rep. Upmeyer will replace Rep. Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) who announced earlier this month that he will not seek reelection next year and will resign as Speaker prior to the 2016 legislative session.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – July 28

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It’s hard to believe, but July is almost over. With the help of some great weather, I have recently enjoyed spending more time outside gardening and playing with my grandchildren. Parade season is well underway and I’ve enjoyed seeing many familiar faces these last few weeks!

It is a privilege to represent so many great communities in North-Central Iowa and I often think about what can be done to help these communities thrive. That has always been a way for me to focus my energy in the Legislature.

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Majority Leader’s Office – Confidential Secretary Job Opening

Majority Leader’s Office – Confidential Secretary

Correspondence & Constituent Contact

  • Work to ensure a timely response to inquiries and requests from constituents.
    • This includes phone calls, letters and e-mail.
  • This position will be expected to be able to work with staff and others to craft informed responses to correspondence.
  • Time sensitive items that require the Majority Leader’s attention should be prioritized.
  • During session, email for the Majority Leader’s review should be printed out on a regular basis.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – June 19

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As local swimming pools, lakes, and rivers begin to fill up across the state, it’s hard to believe we are already in the latter part of June! Town festivals celebrating our communities’ rich and unique heritages are well underway. County fairs have kicked-off across the state showcasing our youngest residents’ commitment to the backbone of our economy…Iowa agriculture. It’s certainly hard to think of a better place to be than Iowa in the summertime.

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House Republicans’ 2015 End of Session Remarks

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Majority Leader Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks

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

Thank you Mr. Speaker,

We started this session with a difficult budget situation on our hands.  Our growing obligations exceeded the amount of revenue coming in.

To some, this was yet another opportunity to return to the days of spending more than the state takes in.  It is far too easy to build the ending balance into the ongoing expenses.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 29

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The calendar will soon flip to June and our work in the legislature continues. You may be wondering why this legislative session has gone into overtime. Simply put, we are fighting to ensure the long-term economic health of our state is not compromised and funding for services to Iowans remains viable year after year.

When negotiations began this year, over $200 million separated us from the Senate Majority party. This level of spending would require us to spend more than we take in this year, and therefore risk putting our state in a dangerous economic position. I think most would agree that with $180 million in new revenue, we should be able to fund the priorities of Iowans. If not, we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

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A Day with House Majority Leader Upmeyer

Ever wonder what the Iowa House Majority Leader does during a typical day? Check out the video below to see.

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