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Editorials

The end of the 2020 session

The legislature adjourned for the year on Sunday, June 14. This year’s session was definitely different than previous years. While we didn’t get to all the legislation we wanted, we were able to accomplish a lot in the time we did have. Before we paused the session in March, the Senate ...

A History Lesson for Newly Minted Watchdog Warriors

In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a handful of cases that involved inspectors general ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

Last week the governor announced a new website to give Iowans better access to testing, and give public health officials a better idea of how Iowa is progressing through the pandemic. It helps the governor make decisions on the activities safe to reopen and areas of activities needing to remain ...

Iowa agriculture won’t be forgotten as we battle COVID-19

There is no family or community in our great state that hasn't been touched over the last few weeks by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic hardship that has come with itBut as I've held tele-townhall meetings and talked with constituents and stakeholders across the First District, I've ...

Coronavirus-damaged businesses deserve financial relief

For the first time in our nation's history, a pandemic has closed the economy, shutting down businesses, schools and our way of life.Congress acted swiftly to respond to the public health emergency and triage the economic fall-out. The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security ...

The U.S. Census and the importance of being counted

During this difficult time, many people are looking for ways to help. Perhaps one of these easiest ways to impact our community right now is to complete the 2020 census. A few minutes of your time will ensure that our community receives proper funding from the federal government, that we are ...

These are tough times, but us Iowans will get through it – together

Over the last few weeks, Iowans from every corner and county of our state - our families, health care workers, local store owners, farmers, seniors, and so many more - have faced unforeseen challenges and hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Having served our nation in uniform in ...

District 72 Update

Newsletter for March 30, 2020While the Legislature was not in session the last two weeks, things continued to evolve as state and national officials work to slow the spread of COVID-19. As legislators, we are continuing to work answering emails and phone calls from constituents, fielding phone ...