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Over the last three years, we have updated our Guide to the Iowa Legislature more than 29 times (we stopped counting some time ago).  Lots of retirements, committee changes, special elections, and, sadly, deaths made it tough to keep updated.  

And the endless stream of changes hasn't stopped yet.  There have been four significant announcements since session adjourned last month:

  • Rep. Ken Rizer (R-Marion) has a new job as a private jet pilot.  He was not running for office again, but decided to resign from his seat early on May 25.  Since the session is done, they do not need to call a special election for House District 68 (the seat will stay vacant until the November election).  

  • Rep. Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) has taken over as Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee.  Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) stepped down from this position recently since he is not running for re-election.  

  • Sen. David Johnson, Iowa's first independent State Senator, has decided not to run for a fifth term.  Two years ago Sen. Johnson renounced his Republican Party membership after Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about a reporter with a disability.  Sen. Johnson has been a committed advocate for Iowans with disabilities.
  • While this isn't a legislative change, it's a significant one.  Governor Kim Reynolds has a new chief of staff - Ryan Koopmans.  Koopmans has been the Governor's chief policy advisor and legal counsel since she assumed the job nearly a year ago.  He takes over for Jake Ketzner, who is leaving to take a job in the private sector.

We've updated the Guide to the Iowa Legislature again, and we will continue to do so as changes happen.  You can always find on the infoNET homepage (