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Inside the Iowa House: 2017 Legislative Session Underway

January 22, 2017 The 2017 legislative session opened this week and there is a sense of uncertainty here in Des Moines and DC. more »»

District 72 Update

January 21, 2017 Newsletter for Thursday, January 12 The 2017 legislative session is underway. Monday morning, January 9, we began with the swearing in ceremony. more »»

Review, look ahead in U.S. Congress

January 20, 2017 As I begin my second term as your Representative in Congress I want to take this opportunity to review the progress we made the last two years as well as discuss some of the opportunities we have in... more »»

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies play daily, “behind-the-scenes” role in your child’s education

January 13, 2017 Those of us who have been employed by Iowa’s Area Education Agency (AEAs) system are used to the puzzled looks we get from neighbors and friends when we say that we work for the Area Education... more »»

Financing a college education

January 6, 2017 Financing a college education can be a challenging task for many students and families, but there are many options available to assist students and families in successfully completing a... more »»

The People’s Business

January 4, 2017 Q: What are some highlights from the 114th Congress? A: When visiting with Iowans during my 99-county meetings, I hear a common refrain from people across the state. more »»

The Future Ready Iowa Alliance: A promising initiative for Iowans

December 28, 2016 My career in the Iowa public education system began in the fall of 198. more »»

The era many remember

December 25, 2016 Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot, Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot. more »»

A Conversation

December 23, 2016 1st Guy: Ya know it’s just gettin’ worse and worse. Every year we just get farther behind no matter how hard we work. 2nd Guy: Yep, and it makes me mad! That’s why I voted for Trump. more »»

A Taxpayer Friendly Election

December 21, 2016 The 2016 election is already an historic election because of the victory of Republican Donald Trump and the Republican Party remaining in control of both houses of Congres. more »»

How to fix America’s broken credentialing system

December 14, 2016 The professional certification industry is booming. more »»

America First! Trump’s Message Resonates With Voters

December 10, 2016 “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” stated Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trum. more »»

Capitol Update

December 9, 2016 Now that the campaigns are behind us, we are busy preparing for the 2017 legislative session. more »»

Pearl Harbor -Dec. 7, 1941- Roosevelt asks declaration of war

December 7, 2016 Early in the afternoon of December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. more »»

Envy Economics

December 5, 2016 For every big-spending politician these days, the answer to the question: “How will we fund this and that new government program?” is “Let’s just tax the rich!” Can we actually make everyone equal... more »»

Help wanted!

December 3, 2016 Help wanted … the signs are everywhere! As one walks into the grocery store, convenience store or restaurants, many are looking for HELP. more »»

Grassely: Question & answer: Small Business

December 2, 2016 Q: Why do you make it a priority to support small business? A: Small business is the backbone of America’s economic eco-system, serving as primary job creators and civic boosters in local... more »»

Why newspapers are the mainstay

November 28, 2016 For the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, breaking the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat. more »»


November 25, 2016 Many of us rarely give much thought to the particular blessings under which we live. We send our children out the door in the morning. We get into our cars and go to work, shop, pay bills, or visit. more »»

Grief, hope and a feeling of Everglow

November 23, 2016 I recently heard a song that I found very moving. The song was a single recently released by the band Coldplay. more »»



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