At Iowa Independent Lynda Waddington posted a chart showing the committee assignments for all 56 Iowa House Democrats.
Bookmark this page so that you’ll know which lawmakers to contact on various issues during the upcoming legislative session.
It looks like all
seven nine brand-new House Democrats have been named vice-chair of at least one committee or sub-committee.
UPDATE: Here is a list of all the committee chairs. Note that the Rebuild Iowa and Disaster Recovery Committee is a new standing committee:
Committee Chairs, 83rd General Assembly
Administration and Rules – Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Ames
Agriculture – Rep. Dolores Mertz, Ottosen
Appropriations – Rep. Jo Oldson, Des Moines
Commerce & Regulation – Rep. Janet Petersen, Des Moines
Economic Growth – Rep. Roger Thomas, Elkader
Education – Rep. Roger Wendt, Sioux City
Environmental Protection – Rep. Donovan Olson, Boone
Ethics – Rep. Helen Miller, Ft. Dodge
Government Oversight – Rep. Vicki Lensing , Iowa City
Human Resources – Rep. Mark Smith, Marshalltown
Judiciary – Rep. Kurt Swaim, Bloomfield
Labor – Rep. Rick Olson, Des Moines
Local Government – Rep. Mary Gaskill, Ottumwa
Natural Resources – Rep. Paul Bell, Newton
Public Safety – Rep. Jim Lykam, Davenport
Rebuild Iowa & Disaster Recovery – Rep. Tom Schueller, Maquoketa
State Government – Rep. Mary Mascher, Iowa City
Transportation – Rep. Brian Quirk, New Hampton
Veterans Affairs – Rep. Ray Zirkelbach, Monticello
Ways & Means – Rep. Paul Shomshor , Council Bluffs
Joint Appropriations Subcommittees
Administration & Regulation – Rep. Bruce Hunter, Des Moines
Agriculture & Natural Resources – Rep. Mark Kuhn , Charles City
Economic Development – Rep. David Jacoby, Coralville
Education – Rep. Cindy Winckler, Davenport
Health & Human Services – Rep. Lisa Heddens, Ames
Justice Systems – Rep. Todd Taylor, Cedar Rapids
Transportation, Infrastructure, & Capitals – Rep. Dennis Cohoon, Burlington
Administrative Rules Review – Rep. Marcie Frevert, Emmetsburg
UPDATE 2: If you want to know which House Republicans are serving on which committees, go to this page on the Des Moines Register’s political blog, and you’ll find a link to a pdf file with the Republican committee assignments.
UPDATE 3: Chase Martyn analyzed the Iowa House Democrat committee assignments here. Among other things, he noticed,
Almost all vulnerable Democratic incumbents have been kept off the Ways and Means committee. In a year of budget shortfalls, Ways and Means will likely have to send some tax-increasing bills to the floor. Members of the committee who vote to send those bills to the floor will be said to have voted for tax increases an absurd number of times because negative direct mail does not typically distinguish between committee votes and floor votes.