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Q & A Elder abuse

June 21, 2019 Q: How did stopping elder abuse become one of your priorities in Congress? A: Close-knit families and communities across Iowa are enriched by the contributions and life experiences of older... more »»

Changing coins composition saves taxpayers “coins”

June 19, 2019 I continue to make Washington “squeal,” this time calling on Congress to help save over $150 million of taxpayer money by allowing the U.S. Mint to modify the composition of certain coins. more »»

The President’s Dragon Gap

June 13, 2019 Early the morning of 20 May, President Trump warned Iran not to threaten the United States again or it would face its “official end. more »»

Calls for veto override

June 5, 2019 We all make mistakes. Governor Reynolds made a mistake when she vetoed legislation that would make essential improvements to Iowa’s medical cannabis program. more »»

Foster Parents Need A Strong Support System

May 31, 2019 People who open up their homes and their hearts to children in need are truly special. They provide a stability, comfort and safety to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have it. more »»

Shed light on drug advertisements

May 29, 2019 Chances are that in the last 24 hours, you’ve seen approximately nine advertisements for prescription drugs on television. That’s no mistake. more »»

The War inYemen: There’s More to the Story

May 23, 2019 Dr. Isa Blumi is a Czech historian and Middle East scholar currently lecturing at the University of Stockhol. more »»

Q & A: Older Americans Month

May 15, 2019 Q: Why is the month of May observed as Older Americans Month? A: More than a half-century ago, President John F. more »»

Mother's Day- Sunday, May 14

May 11, 2019 Mother's Day 2019... more »»

We have adjourned, Sine Die, which means “without a time certain”

May 8, 2019 Newsletter for Thursday, April 27, 2019 Thursday, we dealt with the final passage of House File 546, the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) bill that extends this 1% sales tax for schoo... more »»

The journey toward success

May 7, 2019 The meaning of the word “success” depends greatly on the individual and his/her circumstances. more »»

Celebrate Iowa School Board “superheroes” this May

May 3, 2019 DES MOINES- The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) invites communities to celebrate and thank their local school board superheroes during School Board Recognition Month, May 1-31, 2019. more »»

District 72 Update

May 1, 2019 Newsletter for Thursday, April 25, 2019 By the time you read this we may well not only be done with week 15, but done for the entire session. We are working hard to finish by Saturday, April 27. more »»

Protecting vulnerable seniors through Congressional oversight

April 30, 2019 Last month, I held a hearing on the abuse occurring in nursing homes. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

April 26, 2019 In the Legislature We are fourteen weeks into the legislative session, leaving us with only two weeks until the scheduled end of session. more »»

District 72 Update

April 24, 2019 Newsletter for Thursday, April 18, 2019 Week 14 of the session is done. The first year of a General Assembly is officially scheduled for 110 calendar days counting all 7 days of the week. more »»

Property taxes need accountability and transparency

April 21, 2019 Many Iowans were shocked by their recent property assessments and concerned about the effect property tax bills. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

April 19, 2019 In the Legislature After last’s week legislative deadline for bills, week thirteen included more floor debate. We remain focused on our budget work while we continue to pass bills out of the Senat. more »»

Why the Middle East is a disaster

April 18, 2019 Those who blame Iran for meddling in and destabilizing the Middle East apparently have not listened to General Wesley Clark’s remarks from “A Time to Lead” speech he gave at the Commonwealth Club of... more »»

Tax Day

April 15, 2019 April 15... more »»



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