GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

November 23, 2016


A Time to be Thankful

Thanksgiving weekend is here which gives us a great opportunity to reflect on what we’re thankful for.  I hope that you all have a great holiday and are able to spend some time with family and friends.

This past Election Day, I was elected to serve my eighth term in the Iowa House.  I want to thank the citizens of House District 54 for the honor of representing you in the House as your State Representative.  It is a humbling experience and a privilege to receive your continued support.

I was also recently re-elected by the House Republican caucus to continue serving as the Speaker of the House.  It’s a great honor to serve in this role as it gives me the opportunity to hear from a variety of Iowans from all across the state and provides a stronger voice for our communities.

Now that the elections are over, it’s time to put politics aside and put the needs of Iowans at the top of our minds.

With a little over a month to go before the 2017 legislative session begins, House Republicans will continue listening to Iowans and begin putting together a pro-growth agenda to move our state forward.  We’ll likely continue our work on several issues like funding for water quality and flexibility for schools districts, among other items.  As always, we will also be tasked with constructing the state’s budget by living within our means and making investments in the priority needs of Iowans in a responsible way.

I’m also looking forward to working with the Senate’s new Majority Leader, Bill Dix.  While a new Republican majority in the Iowa Senate gives the House a partner to enact bold reforms and initiatives that were previously blocked, some things won’t change.  Things like responsible budgeting practices, giving taxpayers a seat at the table, and investing in the priorities of Iowans will continue under a unified Republican state government.

I’m excited for what’s to come next session and eager to get back to work making Iowa the premier place to grow a business or raise a family.

As always, please keep in touch.  With session fast approaching, I want to hear your thoughts and ideas for how we can grow our state.  You can reach me at or 515-281-3521.


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