GOP: Speaker Pro Tem Windschitl’s Opening Remarks for the 88th General Assembly

January 14, 2019
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House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley) delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Ladies and gentlemen of the 88th General Assembly thank you for your willingness to serve your fellow Iowans. The sacrifices you have made to get here and that you will continue to make over your time serving Iowans will not go unnoticed. It is an honor to serve my constituents as their voice in this grand chamber. It is an additional honor to serve you, my colleagues as the Speaker Pro Tem. So thank you to all who have provided me this humbling opportunity. I would be remiss if I did not thank my three biggest supporters back home, my wife Ivelisse and our two daughters Anna and Addy for it is our families who truly feel the brunt of the sacrifices we make to serve. So thank you ladies.

While the campaigns were challenging and at times uncertain for many, they are behind us now. The great people of Iowa chose the one hundred of us to work together on their behalf. So let us look forward to what we can accomplish and leave behind campaign rhetoric and divisiveness. While we may not always agree on every policy point we can still work together to craft the best public policy for all Iowans.

Each new session brings with it its own challenges and I look forward to working with each of you to overcome those challenges. The opportunities we have before us to make generational changes should not be taken lightly or passed by. We have the tools at our disposal to make the future better and brighter for generations to come.  We also need to remember that the seats in which we sit are not ours, they are borrowed from the constituents who elect us, so let us use our time wisely.

As we move forward in this new General Assembly I would like us to remember that more government is not the answer. I firmly believe that we should be looking for ways to allow our constituents more freedoms and less government. More individual responsibility and opportunity. Less government bureaucracy and burdensome regulations. For true freedom is not really freedom if it must first be sanctioned by government. So let us look for ways to get the government off of our constituents backs and out of their pocketbooks.

Let us continue to improve on the investments in education and expand opportunities for the next generations. Let us restore God-given freedoms and liberties that should have never been regulated away and let us also protect them for generations to come. Let us recognize the gift of life and protect it at every stage. Let us spend the taxpayers dollar wisely and efficiently and when not needed return it to the taxpayer. Let our challenge be to ensure once the final gavel falls that Iowans have more freedoms, have more liberties and their government works for them.

May God bless you all and God bless the great state of Iowa! Now let’s get to work.

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