March 7, 2019 •

Special Election Called for Iowa Senate District 30

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 30. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Jeff Danielson. After serving 15 years with the Iowa Senate, Danielson has […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 30.

The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Jeff Danielson.

After serving 15 years with the Iowa Senate, Danielson has resigned to work with the American Wind Energy Association.

Reynolds has set the special election for March 19, 2019.

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November 7, 2018 •

Republicans Retain Control Over Iowa but Dems Take Two US House Seats

Republicans retained control of the Iowa House, Senate, and governor’s office in Tuesday’s election. However, Iowans flipped two U.S. House seats from Republican to Democrat. Democrats Abby Finkenauer defeated incumbent Rod Blum for the District 1 seat and Cindy Axne […]

Republicans retained control of the Iowa House, Senate, and governor’s office in Tuesday’s election.

However, Iowans flipped two U.S. House seats from Republican to Democrat.

Democrats Abby Finkenauer defeated incumbent Rod Blum for the District 1 seat and Cindy Axne narrowly defeated incumbent David Young for the District 3 seat.

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May 7, 2018 •

Iowa Session Adjourns Sine Die

The 2018 Iowa legislative session adjourned sine die May 5, 2018. The state budget passed both houses and a tax reform bill will cut income taxes by an average of 10 percent. Gov. Kim Reynolds will have 30 days to […]

The 2018 Iowa legislative session adjourned sine die May 5, 2018.

The state budget passed both houses and a tax reform bill will cut income taxes by an average of 10 percent.

Gov. Kim Reynolds will have 30 days to sign or veto the state budget.

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March 19, 2018 •

Special Election Called for Iowa Senate District 25

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 25. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Dix. Dix resigned after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 25.

The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Dix.

Dix resigned after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a lobbyist were posted online.

Reynolds has set the special election for April 10, 2018.

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March 13, 2018 •

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Resigns

The majority leader of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Bill Dix, resigned on Monday, March 12. Dix resigned from his Senate District 25 seat after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a lobbyist were posted on Iowa Starting Line, a left-leaning […]

The majority leader of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Bill Dix, resigned on Monday, March 12.

Dix resigned from his Senate District 25 seat after videos of the married lawmaker kissing a lobbyist were posted on Iowa Starting Line, a left-leaning website.

Dix was up for re-election this year and ran unopposed in 2014.  Gov. Kim Reynolds has yet to call a special election.

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November 2, 2017 •

Training Dates for Iowa’s New Lobbyist Reporting Application

The Iowa General Assembly has implemented a new lobbyist reporting application for the upcoming session. A training class for the new application is being offered on several different dates. Interested parties may reserve a seat by emailing helpdesk@legis.iowa.gov or by […]

The Iowa General Assembly has implemented a new lobbyist reporting application for the upcoming session.

A training class for the new application is being offered on several different dates. Interested parties may reserve a seat by emailing helpdesk@legis.iowa.gov or by calling the Help Desk at (515) 281-6506.

Training classes are available on November 9th at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., November 15 at 1:30 p.m., November 21 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., or November 29 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

All training classes will be held in the Miller Building, Room 300, 1112 E. Grand, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319.

The old system will remain in place until the new system is available on December 1, 2017.

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November 2, 2017 •

Special Election Set for Iowa Senate District 3

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 3. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Anderson. In September, Anderson accepted a job as the director of […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for Senate District 3. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Sen. Bill Anderson.

In September, Anderson accepted a job as the director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, but Reynolds had to wait until Anderson submitted his formal resignation to call the special election.

With a formal resignation date of November 1, 2017, Reynolds has set the special election for December 12, 2017.

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September 1, 2017 •

Budget Shortfalls May Bring Special Session for Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds stated she will decide whether to call a special session of the Iowa Legislature in September. A special session may be needed to fix state budgetary shortfalls. Reynolds has the authority to transfer money from the cash […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds stated she will decide whether to call a special session of the Iowa Legislature in September. A special session may be needed to fix state budgetary shortfalls.

Reynolds has the authority to transfer money from the cash reserve fund if the deficit is $50 million or below.

If the deficit exceeds $50 million the Legislature would need to be called back for a special session.

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June 26, 2017 •

Special Election Called for Iowa’s House District 82

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 82. The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the passing of State Rep. Curt Hanson. Hanson was serving his fifth term when he lost his […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 82.

The special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by the passing of State Rep. Curt Hanson. Hanson was serving his fifth term when he lost his battle with cancer on June 16, 2017.

The special election has been set for August 8, 2017.

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May 30, 2017 •

Iowa Gets New Governor

Gov. Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor. Reynolds filled the vacancy left by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s ambassadorship to China. Reynolds will serve as governor through the end of 2018. Photo of Gov. Kim Reynolds from […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor.

Reynolds filled the vacancy left by former Gov. Terry Branstad’s ambassadorship to China.

Reynolds will serve as governor through the end of 2018.

Photo of Gov. Kim Reynolds from the Iowa Governors website.

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May 17, 2017 •

Gov. Terry Branstad Calls Special Election

Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election to fill the state House seat left vacant by the passing of state Rep. Greg Forristall. The special election will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The winner of the special election […]

Gov. Terry Branstad has called a special election to fill the state House seat left vacant by the passing of state Rep. Greg Forristall.

The special election will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The winner of the special election will complete the remainder of Forristall’s term, serving through 2019.

Photo of Rep. Forristall from the Iowa House Republicans site.

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April 27, 2017 •

Iowa Adjourns Sine Die

The Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 22, 2017.  Legislators approved a state budget of $7.293 billion, effective for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. Gov. Terry Branstad must sign or veto any bills received in the […]

Flag of IowaThe Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 22, 2017.  Legislators approved a state budget of $7.293 billion, effective for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.

Gov. Terry Branstad must sign or veto any bills received in the last three calendar days of the legislative session within 30 calendar days.

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January 11, 2017 •

Iowa Special Election House District 89

Gov. Terry Branstad called a special election for House District 89. Democrat Jim Lykam resigned after winning the Senate District 45 seat previously held by Sen. Joe Seng, who passed away on September 16, 2016. The special election for House […]

jim_lykam_iowa_86thga-jpegGov. Terry Branstad called a special election for House District 89.

Democrat Jim Lykam resigned after winning the Senate District 45 seat previously held by Sen. Joe Seng, who passed away on September 16, 2016.

The special election for House District 89 will be held on January 31, 2017.

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December 7, 2016 •

President-elect Trump Selects Gov. Branstad as Ambassador to China

President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the ambassador to China. Branstad’s amiable relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping was a major factor in Trump’s decision to choose the Iowa governor. If Branstad accepts the position […]

terry-branstadPresident-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the ambassador to China.

Branstad’s amiable relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping was a major factor in Trump’s decision to choose the Iowa governor.

If Branstad accepts the position and is confirmed by the Senate, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will finish the rest of Branstad’s term as the first female governor of Iowa .

Photo of Terry Branstad by Gage Skidmore on Wikimedia Commons.

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