Iowa Sen. Sarah Trone Garriott will be succeeded by retired Sen. Amanda Ragan as the Democratic whip in the Iowa Senate, Democrats announced Friday.
Trone Garriott of West Des Moines won re-election against former Senate President Jake Chapman, who represented Senate District 14. While Democrats lost ground and remain in the minority in both houses, Trone Garriott’s run in the 2022 midterm elections was a bright spot for the party.
The senator said Friday that Democrats will continue to oppose Republican goals on issues like education and social justice.
“Iowa voters have not given Republicans a mandate to sell out the middle class, destroy public schools, and eliminate fundamental rights,” Trone Garriott said in a press release. “Senate Democrats will stand up to Republican abuse and give Iowa families a voice in our government.”
Senator Zach Wahls will serve a second term as Democratic leader, Senate Democrats announced. He thanked his party for re-election and said Democrats are committed to defending “economic opportunities and fundamental rights” in the Senate.
“Republican politicians, meanwhile, are offering the same old extreme and unfair agenda that rewards big corporations over middle-class families and attacks the personal liberties of Iowans,” Wahls said in the release.
Sens. Nate Boulton of Des Moines, Pam Jochum of Dubuque and Herman Quirmbach of Ames were re-elected vice chairs for the upcoming session, along with Senator Eric Giddens of Cedar Falls.
In the House of Representatives, Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst and Minority Whip Lindsay James were re-elected to their positions. The leaders underscored their commitment to the party’s People over Politics agenda, released in September, which includes a focus on legalizing marijuana, protecting access to abortion and funding public schools, and lowering the cost of living.
“Although this year’s election results were difficult, we know that Iowans are fed up with politics and we will continue to focus on the issues important to them,” Konfrst said in a press release. “We have 15 new members this year who are strong community leaders and bring new perspectives and experiences to the Iowa Legislature. We are ready to get to work.”