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HOUSE REPUBLICANS SELECT FIRST FEMALE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

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Earlier this month, State Representative Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha announced he would step down as Speaker of the House.  This is the highest leadership position in the Iowa House of Representatives, a post that has never been held by a woman.  That changed on Thursday (August 21) when House Republicans selected State Representative Linda Upmeyer of Garner as their new Speaker.  Rep. Upmeyer, who was the House Majority Leader, is not only the first female Speaker of the House, but is also the first to have a parent who also served in that position.  Upmeyer's father Del Stromer served as Speaker of the House in the early 1980s. 

Speaker Upmeyer attended and spoke to advocates attending Advocating for Change Day at the State Capitol in 2013.  The Speaker of the House is in charge of the House of Representatives, and is the lead negotiator for the House.  The Speaker decides which issues will be front and center each session and speaks for the House Republicans.

State Representative Chris Hagenow of Des Moines was elected House Majority Leader, the position Upmeyer left to become Speaker.  The House Majority Leader decides which bills will come up (or not come up) for debate each day, and is in charge of assigning bills to committee. 

State Representative Joel Fry of Osceola will become the new Majority Whip, a position that is as it sounds, the person who makes sure House Republican votes are there to pass priority issues.  Of course, leaders no longer use whips to make sure people vote the right way.  Rep. Fry has been very involved in the regionalization of the Mental Health and Disability Services system, has helped negotiate the Health/Human Services budget and is very involved in and familiar with Medicaid services and the long term care system.  In other words, he knows the issues many of you care about.

Finally, freshman legislator Representative Zach Nunn of Altoona was elected Assistant Majority Leader. Rep. Nunn was first elected in 2014, after having served our country in the military as a Major in the US Air Force.  He was deployed three times during his service, and served on the National Security Council.  Rep. Mat Windschitl of MIssouri Valley will continue to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, and Representatives Lee Hein of Monticello, Jarad Klein of Keota, and Walt Rogers of Cedar Falls will continue to serve as Assistant Majority Leaders.