02/09/2016 - 6:36pm
Energized and enthusiastic
The caucuses and winter weather gave us a bit of a slow start last week, but once everyone made it to Des Moines we got right back into the swing of things. Committees and subcommittees met frequently on a variety of topics and continue to do their work.
The state seems a...
02/03/2016 - 10:55am
Putting the pieces together
Some of the big pieces of this year’s session are beginning to fall into place and the Legislature is moving along efficiently. Committees and subcommittees are hard at work doing their business with the Iowans they represent in their minds. The Capitol has been full of Iowans each week...
01/26/2016 - 1:26pm
Budgeting like Iowa families and businesses
The second week of session is in the books and work within policy committees is underway. I am happy to report that this week the House Education Committee passed a bill that would increase funding for our local K-12 schools by $81 million.
The bill will...
01/19/2016 - 1:42pm
This week was very special for me. As the second session of the 86th General Assembly gaveled in on Monday, my colleagues gave me the distinct honor of electing me as the first woman Speaker of the Iowa House. I am humbled to be given this opportunity to lead the Iowa House and thank all who have sent me your...
12/15/2015 - 12:11pm
Time to question the status quo
Happy holidays! With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, the 2016 legislative session is nearly upon us. Before I head back to serve in Des Moines, I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with family and...