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Who's who in the Iowa House for 2013

by: desmoinesdem

Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:15:00 AM CST


The Iowa House will begin its 2013 session next Monday with 53 Republicans, 46 Democrats and one seat to be filled in a special election on January 22.

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 last year's legislative session.

Some non-political Iowa House trivia: three state representatives have the surname Olson (not counting Democrat Jo Oldson). There are two Millers, two Taylors, and two Smiths, one from each party in every case. David is most common first name: the new cohort contains three Daves and two Davids. Four state representatives have the first name Mark, four are called Daniel (three go by Dan) and four were given the name Robert (two Robs, one Bob, and a Bobby). Four women are named Mary (one goes by Mary Ann), and two are named Linda. There are two men each named Greg, Chuck, John, Kevin, Pat, Bruce, Tom, and Chris, and there would have been two Brians if Brian Quirk had not resigned shortly after winning re-election. Oddly, no current Iowa House member is named Mike or Michael.

JANUARY 28 UPDATE: Democrat Todd Prichard won the special election in House district 52, bringing the number of Todds in the Iowa House to two. I've added his committee assignments below. Republicans maintain a 53-47 majority.

desmoinesdem :: Who's who in the Iowa House for 2013
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 Steve Olson was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 97, including parts of Scott and Clinton counties. Last year's Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Kaufmann 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. Last year's Majority Whip Erik Helland lost the 2012 Republican primary in Iowa House district 39.

Assistant majority leaders: Matt Windschitl was first elected in 2006 from district 56 and just re-elected in district 17, covering all of Ida and Monona Counties and parts of Harrison and Woodbury Counties. Windschitl was also an assistant majority leader in 2012.

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

Jeff Smith was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 1, covering all of Lyon and Osceola Counties and part of Dickinson 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.

Iowa House Democratic leadership team

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 33, covering parts of the southeast side of Des Moines. He served as House majority leader during the 2007 through 2010 legislative sessions.

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 Mascher was first elected in 1994 and just re-elected in House district 86, covering parts of Iowa City.

Mark Smith was first elected in 2000 and just re-elected in House district 71, covering northeastern Marshall County, including Marshalltown.

Mary Gaskill is the newest member of the House Democratic leadership team. She replaces Kirsten Running-Marquardt, who was an assistant minority leader last year. Gaskill was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 81, covering Ottumwa and some surrounding areas in Wapello County.

FEBRUARY 5 UPDATE: Iowa House Democrats chose Dan Muhlbauer to lead their Rural Caucus. Muhlbauer raises cattle, hogs, corn and soybeans on a Crawford County farm. He was was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 12, covering Carroll and Audubon Counties and part of Crawford County. Last year Andrew Wenthe held this position, with Muhlbauer as Rural Caucus vice chair, but Wenthe retired.

Iowa House Standing Committees

Administration and Rules

Chair: Matt Windschitl (see above). Last year Renee Schulte chaired this committee, but she lost her re-election bid in House district 66.

Vice Chair: Walt Rogers (see above)

Ranking member: Dan Muhlbauer (see above). Last year Andrew Wenthe was ranking member on this committee, but he retired.

Other members: Joel Fry (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Steve Olson (R), Kraig Paulsen (R), Jeff Smith (R), Linda Upmeyer (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Deborah Berry (D), Mary Mascher (D), Kevin McCarthy (D), Mark Smith (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. Last year Annette Sweeney chaired this committee, but Grassley defeated her in the GOP primary to represent House district 50.

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

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: Dwayne Alons (R), Clel Baudler (R), Peter Cownie (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Jack Drake (R), Lee Hein (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), David Maxwell (R), Brian Moore (R), Steve Olson (R), Tom Shaw (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Nancy Dunkel (D), Curt Hanson (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Dan Kelley (D), Dan Muhlbauer (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. Last year Scott Raecker chaired the Appropriations Committee, but he did not seek re-election. Last year's vice chair, Nick Wagner, was expected to take over this committee, but he lost his re-election bid in House district 68.

Vice Chair: Mark Lofgren was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 91, covering the city of Muscatine and surrounding areas in Muscatine County.

Ranking member: Tyler Olson was first elected in 2006 and just re-elected in House district 65, covering part of Cedar Rapids in Linn County.

Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: Ralph Watts was first elected in 2002 and just re-elected in House district 19, covering part of Dallas County and a small area in northern Polk 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), Jason Schultz (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), Bruce Hunter (D), Joe Riding (D), Art Staed (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.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Frank Wood was just elected to the Iowa House for the first time in House district 92, covering parts of Scott County. He served one term in the Iowa Senate from 2005 through 2008. Last year Dan Muhlbauer was the ranking member on this subcommittee.

Other Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee members: Pat Grassley (R), Lee Hein (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Scott Ourth (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. Last year Jason Schultz chaired this appropriations subcommittee.

Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member: Kirsten Running-Marquardt won a 2009 special election and was just re-elected in House district 69, covering part of Cedar Rapids as well as parts of southwestern Linn County. Last year Chris Hall was the ranking member on this subcommittee.

Other Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee members: Greg Forristall (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Larry Sheets (R), Chuck Isenhart (D), Anesa Kajtazovic (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.

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: Josh Byrnes (R), Jake Highfill (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Curt Hanson (D), Daniel Lundby (D), Sharon Steckman (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.

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), Dean Fisher (R), Linda Miller (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.

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: Julian Garrett (R), Chip Baltimore (R), Mark Brandenburg (R), Megan Hess (R), Marti Anderson (D), David Dawson (D), Todd Prichard (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.

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: Dwayne Alons (R), John Landon (R), Brian Moore (R), Nancy Dunkel (D), Dave Jacoby (D), Jim Lykam (D)

Other Appropriations Committee members: Dean Fisher (R), Julian Garrett (R), Jake Highfill (R), Walt Rogers (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Nancy Dunkel (D), Chris Hall (D), Anesa Kajtazovic (D), Pat Murphy (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Todd Taylor (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. Last year Chuck Soderberg chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Mark Brandenburg was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 15, covering Carter Lake and part of Council Bluffs in Pottawattamie County. Last year Chip Baltimore was the vice chair of this committee.

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 Brian Quirk was ranking member of this committee, but he just resigned his House seat after winning re-election in House district 52.

Other members: Chip Baltimore (R), Dean Fisher (R), Pat Grassley (R), John Landon (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Tom Sands (R), Jeff Smith (R), Chuck Soderberg (R), Rob Taylor (R), Ralph Watts (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), David Dawson (D), John Forbes (D), Dave Jacoby (D), Anesa Kajtazovic (D), Bob Kressig (D), Jim Lykam (D), Jo Oldson (D), Tyler Olson (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. Last year Pat Grassley chaired this committee, and Hanusa served as vice chair.

Vice Chair: Bobby Kaufmann was elected for the first time in 2012 from district 73, covering Cedar County, part of Johnson County, and one town in Muscatine County. He is the son of longtime State Representative Jeff Kaufmann, who retired last year after serving as House speaker pro tem

Ranking member: Roger Thomas was first elected to the Iowa House in 1996 and just re-elected in House district 55, covering parts of Winneshiek, Fayette and Clayton Counties.

Other members: Dwayne Alons (R), Chip Baltimore (R), Dave Deyoe (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Mark Lofgren (R), Brian Moore (R), Walt Rogers (R), Jason Schultz (R), Larry Sheets (R), Rob Taylor (R), Bruce Bearinger (D), Nancy Dunkel (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Dave Jacoby (D), Helen Miller (D), Scott Ourth (D), Frank Wood (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. Last year Greg Forristall chaired this committee. He publicly criticized a bill that would have restricted early school opening dates, which House Speaker Paulsen supported.

Vice Chair: Quentin Stanerson was just elected for the first time in 2012 from House district 95, covering parts of Linn and Buchanan counties.

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

Other members: Josh Byrnes (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Joel Fry (R), Julian Garrett (R), Tedd Gassman (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Megan Hess (R), Kevin Koester (R), Linda Miller (R), Walt Rogers (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Dennis Cohoon (D), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Curt Hanson (D), Mary Mascher (D), Patti Ruff (D), Art Staed (D), Cindy Winckler (D), Frank Wood (D)

Environmental Protection

Chair: 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. Last year Steve Olson (just named House speaker pro tem) chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Rob Taylor was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 44, covering parts of the Des Moines suburbs in Dallas County. Last year Bob Hager was vice chair of this committee, but he lost his re-election bid in House district 56.

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), Megan Hess (R), Jarad Klein (R), David Maxwell (R), Jason Schultz (R), Larry Sheets (R), Jeff Smith (R), Chuck Soderberg (R), Marti Anderson (D), Deborah Berry (D), Dan Kelley (D), Vicki Lensing (D), Daniel Lundby (D), Mark Smith (D), Sharon Steckman (D), Phyllis Thede (D), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D)

Ethics

Chair: Jeff Smith (see above) is the new chair of this committee, as well as an assistant majority leader. Last year Kevin Koester chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Tom Shaw was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected from House district 10, covering Pocahontas, Humboldt, and Calhoun Counties as well as part of Webster County. Last year Scott Raecker 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: Dave Heaton (R), Tyler Olson (D), Mark Smith (D)

Government Oversight

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 Chris Hagenow, now majority whip, chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Greg Heartsill was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 28, covering parts of Marion, Jasper, and Lucas Counties. Last year Chip Baltimore was the vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Ruth Ann Gaines was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 32, covering part of Des Moines. Last year Janet Petersen was ranking member of this committee, but she left the Iowa House to run for the Iowa Senate.

Other members: Clel Baudler (R), Peter Cownie (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Vicki Lensing (D), Pat Murphy (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 just elected to the Iowa House for the first time from 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: Mark Costello (R), Greg Forristall (R), Joel Fry (R), Julian Garrett (R), Dave Heaton (R), Megan Hess (R), Kevin Koester (R), John Landon (R), Mark Lofgren (R), Rob Taylor (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Marti Anderson (D), David Dawson (D), Lisa Heddens (D), Bruce Hunter (D), Pat Murphy (D), Mark Smith (D), Sally Stutsman (D)

International Relations

Chair: Mark Lofgren (see above)

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), John Landon (R), Walt Rogers (R), Dan Kelley (D), Mary Mascher (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. Last year Rich Anderson chaired this committee, but he retired.

Vice Chair: Megan Hess was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 2, covering Palo Alto and Clay Counties and part of Dickinson County. Last year Chip Baltimore 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: Dwayne Alons (R), Mark Brandenburg (R), Julian Garrett (R), Tedd Gassman (R), Chris Hagenow (R), Greg Heartsill (R), Dave Heaton (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), Matt Windschitl (R), Gary Worthan (R), Marti Anderson (D), David Dawson (D), Vicki Lensing (D), Jo Oldson (D), Rick Olson (D), Tyler Olson (D), Mark Smith (D), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (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. Last year Lance Horbach chaired this committee, but he retired.

Vice Chair: Larry Sheets was just elected for the first time in House district 80, covering Monroe and Appanoose Counties and parts of Mahaska and Wapello Counties. Last year Jarad Klein was the vice chair of this committee.

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: Mark Costello (R), Joel Fry (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Jarad Klein (R), Mark Lofgren (R), Jason Schultz (R), Ralph Watts (R), Deborah Berry (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Mary Mascher (D), Pat Murphy (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Todd Taylor (D)

Local Government

Chair: Jason Schultz was first elected in 2008 and just re-elected in House district 18, covering all of Shelby County and parts of Crawford and Harrison Counties. Last year Nick Wagner chaired this committee, but he lost his re-election bid in House district 68.

Vice Chair: Greg Heartsill (see above). Last year Jeff Smith was vice chair of this committee.

Ranking member: Art Staed was just elected to House district 66 in Cedar Rapids, defeating Republican incumbent Renee Schulte. He previously served one term in the House (2007-2008). Last year John Wittneben was ranking member of this committee, but he lost his re-election bid in House district 7.

Other members: Cecil Dolecheck (R), Dean Fisher (R), Tedd Gassman (R), Mary Ann Hanusa (R), Jake Highfill (R), Henry Rayhons (R), Larry Sheets (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Matt Windschitl (R), John Forbes (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Bob Kressig (D), Daniel Lundby (D), Joe Riding (D), Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D), Phyllis Thede (D), Frank Wood (D)

Natural Resources

Chair: Henry Rayhons was first elected to the Iowa House in 1996 and just re-elected in House district 8, covering Wright and Hancock Counties and part of Kossuth County.

Vice Chair: Dean Fisher was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 72, covering Tama County and parts of Marshall and Black Hawk Counties. Last year Jeff Smith was the vice chair of this committee.

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), Josh Byrnes (R), Cecil Dolecheck (R), Jake Highfill (R), Dan Huseman (R), David Maxwell (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Tom Shaw (R), Jeff Smith (R), Chris Hall (D), Daniel Lundby (D), Jim Lykam (D), Helen Miller (D), Scott Ourth (D), Patti Ruff (D), Phyllis Thede (D), Roger Thomas (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: Tom Shaw (see above)

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: Mark Brandenburg (R), Joel Fry (R), Greg Heartsill (R), Dan Huseman (R), Jarad Klein (R), Steve Olson (R), Henry Rayhons (R), Sandy Salmon (R), Tom Sands (R), Gary Worthan (R), Ako Abdul-Samad (D), Deborah Berry (D), David Dawson (D), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Dan Muhlbauer (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. Last year Peter Cownie chaired this committee.

Vice Chair: Jake Highfill was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 39, covering suburban and rural areas in Polk County. He defeated House Majority Whip Erik Helland in the Republican primary. Last year Guy Vander Linden 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), Mark Costello (R), Jack Drake (R), Pat Grassley (R), Chris Hagenow (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), Chuck Isenhart (D), Anesa Kajtazovic (D), Mary Mascher (D), Sharon Steckman (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 Moore was first elected in 2010 and just re-elected in House district 58, covering Jackson County and parts of Jones and Dubuque Counties. Last year Glen Massie was vice chair of this committee, but he retired.

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: Greg Forristall (R), Greg Heartsill (R), Dan Huseman (R), Ron Jorgensen (R), Bobby Kaufmann (R), John Landon (R), Steve Olson (R), Dawn Pettengill (R), Henry Rayhons (R), Walt Rogers (R), Dennis Cohoon (D), John Forbes (D), Helen Miller (D), Pat Murphy (D), Rick Olson (D), Joe Riding (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Mary Wolfe (D)

Veterans Affairs

Chair: Dwayne Alons was first elected in 1998 and just re-elected in House district 4, covering most of Sioux County. Although he is one of the longest-serving Iowa House Republicans, Alons was shut out of the committee chairmanships in 2011 and 2012. Paulsen didn't even make him a vice chair of any committee before now. Last year Royd Chambers chaired the Veterans Affairs Committee, but he retired.

Vice Chair: Sandy Salmon was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 63, covering Bremer County and parts of Black Hawk County. Last year Guy Vander Linden was the vice chair of this committee.

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: Rob Bacon (R), Mark Brandenburg (R), Mark Costello (R), Linda Miller (R), Tom Shaw (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Matt Windschitl (R), Gary Worthan (R), Ruth Ann Gaines (D), Dave Jacoby (D), Dan Muhlbauer (D), Art Staed (D), Roger Thomas (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: John Landon was just elected for the first time in 2012 in House district 37, covering Ankeny and other parts of northern Polk County. Last year Josh Byrnes 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 Dave Jacoby 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), David Maxwell (R), Brian Moore (R), Quentin Stanerson (R), Guy Vander Linden (R), Matt Windschitl (R), John Forbes (D), Mary Gaskill (D), Chuck Isenhart (D), Jerry Kearns (D), Dan Kelley, Dan Muhlbauer (D), Joe Riding (D), Sally Stutsman (D), Roger Thomas (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.  

Other Iowa House members: State Representative Jeff Smith (R), State Representative Dave Jacoby (D), State Representative Rick Olson (D), State Representative Guy Vander Linden (R)

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Kearns (4.00 / 1)
I don't know what to think of Jerry Kearns being on ag.  He is a great fit for everything else.  I need to step into reality and start viewing our towns in the area as more ag centric.  

Thanks for the great write up.  


in the Iowa Senate (4.00 / 1)
they made Seng chair of the ag committee, even though he represents a very urban district.

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