Who's who in the Iowa House for 2015

The Iowa House will begin its 2015 session on January 12 with 57 Republicans and 43 Democrats (assuming a Republican wins the January 6 special election in House district 4). Depending on who wins that special election, the 100 state representatives will include either 27 or 28 women, and either 72 or 73 men.

After the jump I’ve posted details on the Iowa House majority and minority leadership teams, along with all chairs, vice chairs, and members of standing House committees. Where relevant, I’ve noted changes since the previous legislative session.

Some non-political trivia: two of the three state representatives with the surname Olson retired this year, as did one of the two Iowa House members named Smith. There are still two Millers and two Taylors in the legislature’s lower chamber, one from each party. As for first names, the new cohort contains five six Davids (four go by Dave), four Roberts (two Robs, one Bob, and a Bobby), four Marys (one goes by Mary Ann), three four Johns, and three Brians. There are two Lindas, two Elizabeths (a Beth and a Liz), and two men each named Dan, Mark, Greg, Chuck, Bruce, Todd, and Chris.

2015 UPDATE: Added below information for John Kooiker, who won the House district 4 special election, and David Sieck, who won the House district 23 special election.  

Iowa House Republican leadership team

Speaker Kraig Paulsen was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected from House district 67, covering suburban and rural areas in Linn County.

Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 54, covering all of Franklin County and parts of Cerro Gordo and Butler counties.

Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in district 17, covering all of Ida and Monona Counties and parts of Harrison and Woodbury Counties. Windschitl was an assistant majority leader from 2012 through 2014 and was elected speaker pro tem last spring to replace Steve Olson, who retired.

Majority Whip Chris Hagenow was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 43, covering some western suburbs of Des Moines. He served as majority whip for the past two years.

Assistant majority leaders:

Walt Rogers was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 60, covering parts of Waterloo and Black Hawk County.

Joel Fry was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 27, covering Clarke, Decatur, and Wayne Counties, and part of Lucas County.

Lee Hein was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 96, covering all of Delaware County and part of Jones County.  

Jarad Klein was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 78, covering Keokuk County and most of Washington County.

Iowa House Democratic leadership team

Minority Leader Mark Smith was first elected in 2000 and just re-elected in House district 71, covering northeastern Marshall County, including Marshalltown. He was chosen to be minority leader in 2013 after Kevin McCarthy retired. Reportedly, Smith won the latest election for minority leader by a single vote among his House Democratic colleagues.

Assistant minority leaders: Ako Abdul-Samad was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 35, covering central and north-side neighborhoods in Des Moines.

Mary Gaskill was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 81, covering Ottumwa and some surrounding areas in Wapello County.

Todd Prichard was first elected in a January 2013 special election and just re-elected from House district 52, covering Chickasaw and Floyd counties, along with a small area of Cerro Gordo County.

Sharon Steckman was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 53, covering part of Cerro Gordo County, including Mason City.

Iowa House Standing Committees

Administration and Rules

Chair: Walt Rogers (see above). Last year Matt Windschitl chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Jarad Klein (see above)

Ranking member: Marti Anderson was first elected in 2012 from House district 36, covering part of northwestern Des Moines in Polk County. Last year Dan Muhlbauer was ranking member on this committee, but he lost his re-election bid in House district 12.

Other members: Joel Fry (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Lee Hein (R), Kraig Paulsen (R), Matt Windschitl (R), Linda Upmeyer (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Deborah Berry (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Todd Prichard (D), Mark Smith (D), Sharon Steckman (D)

Agriculture

Chair: Pat Grassley was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 50, covering Grundy County and parts of Hardin and Butler.

Vice Chair: Ross Paustian served a term in the Iowa House, lost his re-election bid in 2012 to Frank Wood, and just defeated Wood to represent House district 92, covering part of Scott County. Last year Jarad Klein was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Helen Miller was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 9, covering part of Webster County, including Fort Dodge.

Other members: Josh Byrnes (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Peter Cownie (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Jack Drake (R), Lee Hein (R), Norlin Mommsen (R), Dave Maxwell (R), Brian Moore (R), Mike Sexton (R), Jarad Klein (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Nancy Dunkel (D), Curt Hanson (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Dan Kelley (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Scott Ourth (D), Patti Ruff (D), Todd Prichard (D)

Appropriations

Chair: Chuck Soderberg was first elected in 2004 and just re-elected in House district 5, covering most of Plymouth and part of Woodbury Counties.

Vice Chair: Ken Rizer was just elected for the first time in House district 68, covering some suburbs in Linn County. Last year Mark Lofgren was vice chair of this committee, but he retired.

Ranking member: Chris Hall was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 13, covering part of Sioux City and eastern Woodbury County. Last year Tyler Olson was ranking member of this committee, but he retired.

Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: John Landon was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 37, covering Ankeny in Polk County. Last year Ralph Watts chaired this subcommittee.

Vice Chair: David Sieck won a February 2015 special election to represent House district 23, covering Mills and Fremont counties, plus most of Montgomery County.

Administration & Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Dan Kelley was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 29, covering most of Jasper County, including Newton.

Other Administration & Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee members: Tedd Gassman (R), Mark Costello (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), Bruce Hunter (D), Deborah Berry (D), Timi Brown-powers (D)

Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Jack Drake was first elected in 1992 and just re-elected in House district 21, covering all of Union and Adams Counties and parts of Cass and Pottawattamie Counties.

Vice Chair: Norlin Mommsen was just elected for the first time in House district 97, covering part of Scott County and much of Clinton County outside the city of Clinton.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Scott Ourth was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 26, covering most of Warren County. Last year Frank Wood was the ranking member on this subcommittee, but he lost his re-election bid in House district 92.

Other Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee members: Megan Jones (R), Ross Paustian (R), John Wills (R), Chuck Isenhart (D), Helen Miller (D), Patti Ruff (D)

Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Dave Deyoe was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 49, covering parts of Story and Hardin Counties.

Vice Chair: Terry Baxter was just elected for the first time in House district 8, covering Wright and Hancock counties, plus part of Kossuth County.

Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Kirsten Running-Marquardt was first elected in a 2009 special and was just re-elected in House district 69, covering part of Cedar Rapids as well as parts of southwestern Linn County.

Other Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee members: Terry Baxter (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Larry Sheets (R), Gary Carlson (R), Abby Finkenauer (D), Liz Bennett (D), Bob Kressig (D)

Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Cecil Dolecheck was first elected in 1996 and just re-elected in House district 24, covering Ringgold, Taylor and Page Counties and part of Montgomery County.

Vice Chair: Zach Nunn was just elected for the first time in House district 30, covering eastern areas in Polk County.

Education Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Cindy Winckler was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 90, covering part of Davenport in Scott County.

Other Education Appropriations Subcommittee members: Zach Nunn (R), Dean Fisher (R), Mike Sexton (R), Rob Taylor (R), Curt Hanson (D), Charlie McConkey (D), Art Staed (D)

Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Dave Heaton was first elected in 1994 and just re-elected in House district 84, covering Henry County and parts of Lee, Washington and Jefferson counties.

Vice Chair: Brian Best was just elected for the first time in House district 12, covering Carroll and Audubon counties and part of Crawford County.

Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Lisa Heddens was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 46, covering part of Ames and Story County.

Other Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee members: Rob Bacon (R), Brian Best (R), Linda Miller (R), Ken Rizer (R), John Forbes (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D)

Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Gary Worthan was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 11, covering all of Buena Vista and Sac Counties.

Vice Chair: Darrel Branhagen was just elected for the first time in House district 55, covering parts of Winneshiek, Fayette, and Clayton counties.

Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Todd Taylor was first elected in a 1995 and just re-elected in House district 70, covering part of Cedar Rapids in Linn County.

Other Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee members: Darrel Branhagen (R), Chip Baltimore (R), Steve Holt (R), Stan Gustafson (R), Marti Anderson (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Brian Meyer (D)

Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Dan Huseman was first elected in 1994 and just re-elected in House district 3, covering O’Brien and Cherokee Counties and parts of Sioux and Plymouth.

Vice Chair: John Kooiker won a December 2014 special election to represent House district 4, covering most of Sioux County.

Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Dennis Cohoon was first elected to the Iowa House in 1986 and just re-elected in House district 87, covering Burlington and part of eastern Des Moines County.

Other Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee members: Dave Maxwell (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Brian Moore (R), Nancy Dunkel (D), David Dawson (D), Jim Lykam (D)

Other Appropriations Committee members: Dean Fisher (R), Rob Bacon (R), Mike Sexton (R), Walt Rogers (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Jack Drake (R), Dave Heaton (R), Dan Huseman (R), John Landon (R), Rob Taylor (R), Gary Worthan (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Nancy Dunkel (D), John Forbes (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Mary Mascher (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Todd Taylor (D), Jo Oldson (D), Phyllis Thede (D), Sally Stutsman (D)

Commerce

Chair: Peter Cownie was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 42, covering parts of Des Moines and West Des Moines.

Vice Chair: Gary Carlson was just elected for the first time in House district 91, covering part of Muscatine County. Last year Mark Brandenburg was the vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Jo Oldson was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 41, covering part of Des Moines. Last year Chris Hall was ranking member of this committee.

Other members: Chip Baltimore (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Pat Grassley (R), John Landon (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Tom Sands (R), Steve Holt (R), Chuck Soderberg (R), Ken Rizer (R), Ralph Watts (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), David Dawson (D), John Forbes (D), Dave Jacoby (D), Brian Meyer (D), Bob Kressig (D), Jim Lykam (D), Chris Hall (D), Scott Ourth (D)

Economic Growth

Chair: Mary Ann Hanusa was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 16, covering part of Council Bluffs.

Vice Chair: Zach Nunn was just elected for the first time in House district 30, covering parts of eastern Polk County. Last year Bobby Kaufmann was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Nancy Dunkel was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 57, covering most of Dubuque County outside the city of Dubuque. Last year Roger Thomas was ranking member of this committee, but he retired.

Other members: Brian Best (R), Gary Carlson (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Pat Grassley (R), Stan Gustafson (R), Walt Rogers (R), Ross Paustian (R), Larry Sheets (R), Rob Taylor (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Liz Bennett (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Abby Finkenauer (D), Chuck Isenhart (D), Helen Miller (D), Charlie McConkey (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D)

Education

Chair: Ron Jorgensen was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 6, covering parts of Sioux City and Woodbury County.

Vice Chair: Tedd Gassman was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 7, covering Emmet, Winnebago, and part of Kossuth County. Last year Quentin Stanerson was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Patti Ruff was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 56, covering Allamakee County and most of Clayton County. Last year Sharon Steckman was ranking member of this committee.

Other members: Josh Byrnes (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Joel Fry (R), Mark Costello (R), Greg Forristall (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Jake Highfill (R), Kevin Koester (R), Norlin Mommsen (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Sandy Salmon (R), David Sieck (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Dennis Cohoon (D), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Curt Hanson (D), Mary Mascher (D), Sharon Steckman (D), Art Staed (D), Cindy Winckler (D), Timi Brown-Powers (D)

Environmental Protection

Chair: Megan Jones (formerly Megan Hess) was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 2, covering Palo Alto County, Clay County, and part of Dickinson County. Last year Lee Hein chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: John Wills was just elected for the first time in House district 1, covering Lyon County and Osceola County and part of Dickinson County. Last year Rob Taylor was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Chuck Isenhart was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 100, covering part of Dubuque.

Other members: Clel Baudler (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Tedd Gassman (R), Greg Heartsill (R), Jarad Klein (R), Ross Paustian (R), Larry Sheets (R), Jeff Smith (R), Chuck Soderberg (R), David Sieck (R), Marti Anderson (D), Liz Bennett (D), Dan Kelley (D), Curt Hanson (D), Vicki Lensing (D), Bob Kressig (D), Sharon Steckman (D), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D)

Ethics

Chair: Rob Taylor was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 44, covering parts of the Des Moines suburbs in Dallas County. Last year Jeff Smith chaired this committee, but he retired.

Vice Chair: Ron Jorgensen was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 6, covering parts of Sioux City and Woodbury County. Last year Tom Shaw was vice chair of this committee, but he retired.

Ranking member: Phyllis Thede was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 93, covering parts of Davenport and Bettendorf in Scott County.

Other members: Tom Sands (R), Deborah Berry (D), David Dawson (D)

Government Oversight

Chair: Bobby Kaufmann was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected from district 73, covering Cedar County, part of Johnson County, and one town in Muscatine County. Last year Kevin Koester chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Greg Heartsill was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 28, covering parts of Marion, Jasper, and Lucas Counties.

Ranking member: Ruth Ann Gaines was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 32, covering part of Des Moines.

Other members: Clel Baudler (R), Peter Cownie (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Vicki Lensing (D), Mary Wolfe (D), Phyllis Thede (D)

Human Resources

Chair: Linda Miller was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 94, covering part of Bettendorf in Scott County.

Vice Chair: Rob Bacon was first elected to the Iowa House in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 48, covering Hamilton County and parts of Webster, Boone, and Story Counties. He previously served two years in the Iowa Senate. Last year Joel Fry was the vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Beth Wessel-Kroeschell was first elected in 2004 and just re-elected in House district 45, covering part of Ames in Story County.

Other members: Brian Best (R), Greg Forristall (R), Joel Fry (R), John Wills (R), Stan Gustafson (R), Ken Rizer (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Greg Forristall (R), Rob Taylor (R), David Sieck (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Marti Anderson (D), David Dawson (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Timi Brown-Powers (D), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Charlie McConkey (D), Cindy Winckler (D)

International Relations

Chair: Jake Highfill was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 39, covering Johnston and Grimes in Polk County. Last year Mark Lofgren chaired this committee, but he retired.

LATE UPDATE: Although the Iowa House Republicans released information naming Highfill as chair of this committee, which includes members of both the state House and Senate, the Iowa legislature’s official website lists Highfill as vice chair and Democratic State Senator Rita Hart as chair.

Ranking member: Deborah Berry was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 62, covering part of Waterloo in Black Hawk County.

Other members: Jack Drake (R), Josh Byrnes (R), Stan Gustafson (R), Dan Kelley (D), Ako Abdul-Samad (D)

Judiciary

Chair: Chip Baltimore was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 47, covering most of Boone County and all of Greene County.

Vice Chair: Stan Gustafson won a special election last year and was just re-elected in House district 25, covering Madison County and part of Warren County. Last year Megan Hess (now Megan Jones) was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Mary Wolfe was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 98, covering part of Clinton County, including the city of Clinton.

Other members: Terry Baxter (R), Zach Nunn (R), Ken Rizer (R), Walt Rogers (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), Dave Heaton (R), Darrel Branhagen (R), Megan Jones (R), Matt Windschitl (R), Greg Heartsill (R), Marti Anderson (D), David Dawson (D), Deborah Berry (D), Jo Oldson (D), Rick Olson (D), Todd Prichard (D), Brian Meyer (D)

Labor

Chair: Greg Forristall was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 22, covering most of Pottawattamie County outside Council Bluffs.

Vice Chair: Larry Sheets was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 80, covering Monroe and Appanoose Counties and parts of Mahaska and Wapello Counties.

Ranking member: Bruce Hunter was first elected in a 2003 special election and just re-elected in House district 34, covering downtown Des Moines and part of the south side.

Other members: Mike Sexton (R), Joel Fry (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Steve Holt (R), Tedd Gassman (R), Ralph Watts (R), John Kooiker (R), Abby Finkenauer (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Charlie McConkey (D), Sharon Steckman (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Todd Taylor (D)

Local Government

Chair: Kevin Koester was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 38, covering a large part of northeast Polk County. Last year Jason Schultz chaired this committee, but he moved up to the Iowa Senate in this year’s election.

Vice Chair: Greg Heartsill (see above).

Ranking member: Art Staed was elected in 2012 and just re-elected to House district 66 in Cedar Rapids. He previously served one term in the House (2007-2008).

Other members: Terry Baxter (R), Darrel Branhagen (R), Tedd Gassman (R), Gary Carlson (R), Jake Highfill (R), Megan Jones (R), Larry Sheets (R), Walt Rogers (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), John Kooiker (R), John Forbes (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Bob Kressig (D), Bruce Hunter (D), Vicki Lensing (D), Mary Mascher (D), Phyllis Thede (D), Brian Meyer (D)

Natural Resources

Chair: Brian Moore was first elected to the Iowa House in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 58, covering Jackson County and parts of Jones and Dubuque counties. Last year Henry Rayhons chaired this committee, but he retired over the summer.

Vice Chair: Dean Fisher was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 72, covering Tama County and parts of Marshall and Black Hawk Counties.

Ranking member: Curt Hanson was first elected in a 2009 special election and just re-elected in House district 82, covering Davis and Van Buren Counties and most of Jefferson County.

Other members: Rob Bacon (R), Clel Baudler (R), Brian Best (R), Norlin Mommsen (R), Ross Paustian (R), Dan Huseman (R), Dave Maxwell (R), Jarad Klein (R), Kevin Koester (R), John Wills (R), Chris Hall (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Jim Lykam (D), Helen Miller (D), Scott Ourth (D), Patti Ruff (D), Phyllis Thede (D), Liz Bennett (D)

Public Safety

Chair: Clel Baudler was first elected in 1998 and just re-elected in House district 20, covering all of Guthrie and Adair Counties and parts of Cass and Dallas Counties.

Vice Chair: Steve Holt was just elected for the first time in House district 18, covering Shelby County and parts of Crawford and Harrison counties.

Ranking member: Bob Kressig was first elected in 2004 and just re-elected in House district 59, covering most of Cedar Falls and some rural areas in Black Hawk County.

Other members: Terry Baxter (R), Joel Fry (R), Greg Heartsill (R), Mark Costello (R), Jarad Klein (R), Brian Moore (R), Dean Fisher (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Gary Worthan (R), John Kooiker (R), David Sieck (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Marti Anderson (D), Timi Brown-Powers (D), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Art Staed (D), Rick Olson (D), Mary Wolfe (D)

State Government

Chair: Guy Vander Linden was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 79, covering most of Mahaska County and the Pella area of Marion County.

Vice Chair: Mike Sexton was just elected for the first time in House district 10, covering Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Calhoun counties, plus part of Webster County. Last year Jake Highfill was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Vicki Lensing was first elected in 2000 and just re-elected in House district 85, covering part of Iowa City in Johnson County.

Other members: Rob Bacon (R), Darrel Branhagen (R), Jack Drake (R), John Wills (R), Jake Highfill (R), Lee Hein (R), Kevin Koester (R), Linda Miller (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Ralph Watts (R), Dennis Cohoon (D), Bruce Hunter (D), Deborah Berry (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Mary Mascher (D), Dan Kelley (D), Todd Taylor (D), Todd Prichard (D), Cindy Winckler (D)

Transportation

Chair: Josh Byrnes was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 51, covering Worth, Mitchell, and Howard Counties, and part of Winneshiek. Last year Dave Tjepkes chaired this committee, but he retired.

Vice Chair: Brian Best was just elected for the first time in House district 12, covering Carroll County and part of Crawford County. Last year Brian Moore was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Jim Lykam was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 89, covering part of Davenport in Scott County.

Other members: Gary Carlson (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Dan Huseman (R), Lee Hein (R), Norlin Mommsen (R), John Landon (R), Brian Moore (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Dave Maxwell (R), Gary Worthan (R), Dennis Cohoon (D), Dave Jacoby (D), David Dawson (D), Abby Finkenauer (D), Rick Olson (D), Jo Oldson (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Mary Wolfe (D)

Veterans Affairs

Chair: Quentin Stanerson was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 95, covering parts of Linn and Buchanan counties. Last year Dwayne Alons chaired the Veterans Affairs Committee, but he recently passed away.

Vice Chair: Sandy Salmon was elected for the first time in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 63, covering Bremer County and parts of Black Hawk County.

Ranking member: Jerry Kearns was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 83, covering part of Lee County including Keokuk and Fort Madison.

Other members: Darrel Branhagen (R), Stan Gustafson (R), Mark Costello (R), Steve Holt (R), Zach Nunn (R), Ralph Watts (R), Matt Windschitl (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), John Kooiker (R), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Todd Prichard (D), Nancy Dunkel (D), Art Staed (D), Brian Meyer (D)

Ways and Means

Chair: Tom Sands was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 88, covering all of Louisa County and large parts of Des Moines and Muscatine Counties.

Vice Chair: Dave Maxwell was first elected in 2012 and just re-elected in House district 76, covering Poweshiek County and most of Iowa County. Last year John Landon was the vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Dave Jacoby was first elected in 2000 and just re-elected in House district 74, covering part of Johnson County. Last year Jo Oldson was ranking member on this committee.

Other members: Chip Baltimore (R), Josh Byrnes (R), Peter Cownie (R), Greg Forristall (R), Pat Grassley (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Lee Hein (R), Zach Nunn (R), Jake Highfill (R), Linda Miller (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), Matt Windschitl (R), Timi Brown-Powers (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Chuck Isenhart (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Dan Kelley, Abby Finkenauer (D), Charlie McConkey (D), Patti Ruff (D), Sharon Steckman (D), Todd Prichard (D)

Administrative Rules Review

Five Iowa House and five Iowa Senate members serve on this committee.

Chair: Dawn Pettengill was first elected in 2004 (as a Democrat) and switched to the Republican caucus in 2007. She was just re-elected in House district 75, covering Benton County and part of Iowa County.  

Ranking member: Rick Olson was first elected in 2004 and just re-elected in House district 31, covering part of Des Moines in Polk County.

Other Iowa House members: Megan Jones (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), Lisa Heddens (D)

  • Interesting...

    …That the Speaker and the Leader named a lot of GOP rookies to committee leadership roles. Not sure what the strategy is … maybe to get them better known right out of the gate.

    It will be a long, long time before Democrats regain control of the House.  Too steep a hill to climb in 2016, no matter how favorable the circumstances in that cycle.  

    • seems to be Paulsen's style

      When Republicans regained the Iowa House majority for the 2011 session, several people who were just starting their second terms landed committee chairmanships. Also, the House majority whip and one of the assistant majority leaders had been elected for the first time in 2008.

      Some of that Iowa House Republican class of 2010 were vice chairs of committees during their first term as well.

    • when I was compiling this post

      what surprised me most was Zach Nunn landing spots on Ways and Means and an Appropriations subcommittee (as vice chair!) during his first term. I had the impression that lawmakers had to choose between Approps and Ways/Means–that serving on both was not an option. Maybe I was mistaken, or maybe leaders expect big things from Nunn, or maybe they want to give him important jobs to help him hold a marginal seat. Democrats did win the seat in 2012, after all.

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