Legislature begins 2020 session with new leadership
Iowa lawmakers dropped the gavel on the 2020 session Monday, pledging to address challenges that include a shortage of skilled workers and limited access to affordable child care for some across the state.
The biggest change at the State Capitol for the 2020 session is the new leadership in the House. Republican Rep. Pat Grassley of New Hartford, grandson of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, took over as Speaker. He assumes the role from retiring Speaker Linda Upmeyer, the first woman in Iowa to serve in the position. In another leadership change, Rep. Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley is serving as the new House Majority Leader.
Speaker Pat Grassley was accompanied by his grandfather and family to mark the occasion. He previously served as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, setting budget policy for the state. In his opening address, he called on fellow House members to work together in a bipartisan fashion to reach common goals and show they are not like their counterparts in Washington D.C.
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