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Trip to Germany / France will broaden your perspective

February 11, 2017 I was blessed to grow up in rural Iowa as a youth. Unfortunately, I did not fully appreciate how lucky I wa. more »»

Capitol Update

February 9, 2017 The energy level in the Capitol continues to increase as more bills make their way through subcommittees and committees. more »»

Budget prospects for the 2017 legislative session

February 8, 2017 On Monday, January 9, 2017, the legislative leaders gaveled in the start of the 87th General Assembly, which marks the first time in 20 years that Republicans control the House, Senate, and the... more »»

Q & A: Balanced Budget Amendment

February 6, 2017 Q: Why are you co-sponsoring an amendment requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget? A: The founders authorized a federal amendment process with Article V of the U.S. more »»

A call to preserve the Electoral College

February 3, 2017 In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, opponents of the Electoral College are calling for the system to be abolished or reformed to reflect the “popular vote. more »»

District 72 Update

February 2, 2017 Filing of bills and committee work is increasing as we finish the third week. more »»

What is the measure of Human Beings?

February 1, 2017 You are worth a Kings’ ransom You are worth the whole universe You are worth everything to me. Be worth everything to yourself... more »»

Maintain the beautiful Iowa State Fairgrounds by supporting the Corndog Checkoff

January 31, 2017 Iowans across the state can cultivate a vibrant future by investing in today’s youth. The Iowa State Fair is dedicated to investing in the next generation of farmers, innovators and leaders. more »»

$100,000+ of Muscatine Tax Dollars Wasted

January 30, 2017 There are six types of city government possible in our state. Muscatine has the “Mayor-Council with appointed City Manager” type and is nominally non-partisan. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

January 27, 2017 We are now finishing up our second week in session. Bills are being filed and committee work is underway. Here is a sampling of the bills beginning to work their way through the process. more »»

Remembering Captain Eugene Cernan

January 26, 2017 The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Advisory Council co-chairs Sue Olson and Gary Rozek fondly remember Mr. more »»

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 »»



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