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LEGISLATOR RESIGNING, SENATE COMMITTEE CHANGES

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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 key legislator on the health and human services committees and respected advocate for Iowans with disabilities (herself a parent of a child with a disability).  She will not be out of the public eye - she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Story County Board of Supervisors, serving the remaining 3 and 1/2 years of the term before needing to run for re-election.  More on this as a special election is announced. 

Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Orange City) will be running for Congress, hoping to take the seat from US Rep. Steve King.  He will run in the primary, and does not plan to return to the State Senate, whether successful or not.  He decided to step down as CHair of the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee so he can focus on this primary challenge.  That prompted the Senate Republicans to reorganize their committee memberships:

  • Sen. Jake Chapman, R-Adel, will chair the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
  • Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, will chair the Senate Commerce Committee.
  • Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City, will serve as chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. 
  • Sen. Julian Garrett will serve as the vice chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
  • Sen. Ken Rozenboom will replace Senator Dawson on the Senate State Government Committee.

Updated Republican committee members are below (Democratic members remain unchanged). All changes are effective immediately and other committee assignments are unchanged.  Our 2019-2020 Guide to the Iowa Legislature has been updated to reflect these changes, and the resignation of Rep. Lisa Heddens (click here). 

Ways and Means

  • Chapman, Chair
  • Dawson, Vice Chair
  • Behn
  • Feenstra
  • Smith
  • Sweeney
  • Nunn
  • Edler
  • Schultz
  • Brown
  • Carlin

Commerce

  • Dawson, Chair
  • Koelker, Vice Chair
  • Brown
  • Sinclair
  • Breitbach
  • Miller-Meeks
  • Feenstra
  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Nunn
  • Chapman

Judiciary

  • Zaun, Chair
  • Garrett, Vice Chair
  • Chapman
  • Nunn
  • Shipley
  • Sweeney
  • Schultz
  • Whiting
  • Sinclair
  • Dawson

State Government

  • Smith, Chair
  • Johnson, Vice Chair
  • Chapman
  • Rozenboom
  • Feenstra
  • Schultz
  • Miller-Meeks
  • Whiting
  • Cournoyer
  • Zaun

Veterans Affairs

  • Carlin, Chair
  • Miller-Meeks, Vice Chair
  • Koelker
  • Costello
  • Edler
  • Dawson
  • Lofgren