Iowa Senate Republicans announce committee chairs

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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