I cleaned out my sock drawer today.
It is abundantly evident, given the continuation of the pointless shut down of the government, that those who feel the consequences—federal workers, citizens, the lifeblood of the nation—have essentially no power or say in ending this fruitless, p
Iowans understand how important trade is to our state. Iowa’s economy depends on fair and free trade.
 January is both Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month. Trafficking and stalking are problems that continue to plague our society.
While I was disappointed, to say the least, with the results of the most recent general election here in Iowa, I was excited about the results overall.
Everyone starts out a new year with the best intentions. We’re going to lose weight, or eat better, or work out more.

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This week was the first week after the funnel.   That first week results in an enormous amount of floor debate.  The House begins sending over bills to the Senate and Senate bills to the House.  The vast majority of bills passed this week were very non-controversial.  There were a lot of clean up...
This month marked the 207th anniversary of the birth of America’s 16th president. School kids across Iowa can tell you that Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Many also will know he learned the value of hard work splitting rails and performing other farm chores before becoming a lawyer and...
The Iowa Legislative session is about half over with the completion of funnel week. It is a busy time when many are studying bills at all hours of the day and night before attending committee meetings to decide which ideas will advance to debate on the floor.  In between these intense moments, I...
Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy debate or be in a position to call congressional hearings. This is one of those times. Over the last few weeks,...
The first week of February started with Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation caucus.  I was not aware most other states do not go through the process of speeches for candidates on caucus night and I am again impressed with how diligent we are at really knowing the candidates.  Iowa is not a state “driven by...
Happy New Year! The 2016 Legislative Session started on January 11 with all of the usual pomp and circumstance.  I am honored to be able to represent the people of Senate District 4 in the Iowa Legislature. The second day of session Governor Branstad delivered his Condition of the State address,...
For the last few years, the Obama Administration had been pursuing a national rating system for colleges and universities. The complexities of implementing such a system led them to abandon the effort, but some of the data that would have been used for constructing the system is now available...
Facing a populist surge, a candidate finds unity to win the White House. Partisan gridlock in Washington, the two parties at each other’s throats.  The economy wracked by disruptive new technologies and jostled by rising foreign competition.  A growing concern that the divide between the rich and...

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