The Iowa Senate chambers can be seen in the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. Senate Republicans, who increased their majority in the midterm elections, announced their committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session on Thursday. (The newspaper)
Iowa Senate Republicans announced the list of Senate committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session on Thursday.
Senate Republicans added a technology committee but will not have an education reform committee. House Republicans added this week that the new committee, chaired by House Speaker Pat Grassley of New Hartford, would consider “legislation that would make significant reforms to our education system.”
The new technology committee will deal with “information technology, telecoms, cybersecurity and other related policies,” according to a press release.
Senate Republicans also renamed the Human Resources Committee the Health and Human Services Committee and the Labor and Business Relations Committee the Workforce Committee.
“The first Iowa Senate supermajority in five decades is poised to deliver results for Iowa,” Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Grimes, said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my fellow Republican senators to help Iowans fight inflation, break down barriers to job creation, and continue to implement our historic income tax cuts.”
Republicans won seats in the midterm elections and are expected to hold a 34-16 majority in the Senate. The majority gives them control over decision-making in the chamber and the ability to prevent Democrats from blocking gubernatorial nominations that require a two-thirds majority to confirm.
The chairs of the 17 Senate committees decide which bills will go into committee before going to the plenary vote.
The 2023 legislative period begins on January 9th.
Senate Democrats have not yet decided who will sit on the committees, although they should do so in early December, a spokesman for the faction said.
The chairs of the Senate committees will be:
Agriculture: Sen. Dawn Driscoll, R-Williamsburg
Medium: Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge
Trade: Sen. Waylon Brown, R-Osage
Education: Senator Ken Rozenboom, R-Pella
Ethics: Senator Tom Shipley, R-Nodaway
Government Oversight: Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, who was also elected President of the Iowa Senate
Health and Human Services: Senator Jeff Edler, R-State Center
Justice: Senator Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale
Local Government: Senator Jesse Green, R-Boone
Natural Resources and Environment: Sen. Annette Sweeney, R-Alden
Rules and Administration: Senate Majority Leader, Jack Whitver, R-Grimes
State government: Senator Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig
Technology: Senator Chris Cournoyer, R-LeClaire
Transportation: Senator Mike Klimesh, R-Spillville
Veterans Affairs: Senator Jeff Reichman, R-Montrose
Ways and means: Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs
Staff: Senator Adrian Dickey, R-Packwood
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