Big news today out of the Department of Human Services - Director Jerry Foxhoven resigned effective immediately.  Department of Public Health Director... Read More...
Rep. Lisa Heddens (D-Ames) announces she will resign from the Iowa Legislature, prompting a special election for this Ames sweat.  Rep. Heddens is a... Read More...
Governor Finishes Actions on Bills
With just minutes to spare before the three-day Memorial Day weekend, Governor Kim Reynolds took final action on the remaining bills sent to her this... Read More...
Session Ends!
After late nights and long debates, controversy and agreement, the 2019 Iowa Legislature has adjourned for the year.  They will not come back together... Read More...
State Representative Changes Parties; Now a Democrat
As. hard as we try, we just cannot keep our Guide to the Iowa Legislature updated!!!  First, Sen. Danielson resigned early in session.  Now, Rep. Andy... Read More...

Our Network

Committee Assignments Begin

More articles »

The House Republicans have announced their Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs, while the Senate Republicans have finalized their entire committee line-up.  The Democrat assignments will be coming out within the next week.  Of note:

  • Incoming Sen. Marianette Miller-Meeks, a physician from Ottumwa who previously served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, will be the new Senate Human Resources Chair. The previous chair, Sen. Mark Segebart, will move to Vice Chair.
  • Sen. Mark Costello of Imogene will remain the Chair of the Senate Health/Human Services Budget Subcommittee, but will be joined by Sen. Jeff Edler as Vice Chair.  Sen. Edler is from State Center, and has been heavily involved in the passage of the Complex Needs legislation and is on the Children's Mental Health & Well-Being Board.
  • Rep. Shannon Lundgren of Peosta will take over as Chair of the House Human Resources Committee, along with VIce Chair Rep. Anne Meyer, a nurse who was just elected from Fort Dodge.
  • Rep. Joel Fry, a social worker and mental health professional from Osceola, will take on the job of chairing the Health/Human Services Budget Subcommittee (with Rep. Mike Bergan of Dorechester as Vice Chair).

You can see the House Chairs here, and the Senate committee lists here.