Welcome to the first minute with Mike of the second session of the 89th General Assembly. First, I want to thank the constituents of House District 10 for this incredible opportunity to serve you in this beautiful building. Second, I want to thank my family, especially my wife, Becky. I could not do this work without unwavering support at home. As hard as this job is sometimes, it’s twice as hard to be the one who stays home to keep things on track. I want to thank all of you who helped Becky and me with all the parades and community events this past summer; I cannot express how grateful I am to have you all in my life. I am still deeply moved by the sense of community and support that afforded me this privilege to serve as I ascended the steps of the Capitol on the first day of session.
As a state representative, I was elected to represent my entire district, including those of you who disagree with me on issues. Please don’t let this stop you from contacting me with any issues. Unlike Washington, DC, I believe it is my responsibility to listen to you and understand your points and opinions. We may not always agree, but I will work to understand how you feel.
My purpose with this newsletter is two-fold – to mix up some details about the workings of the legislature and to address some of the bills and issues that we bring to the legislature. If you need more detailed information on a specific topic or bill, please just email my clerk, Shelby, at email@example.com. It can find the information you are looking for and send it back to you.
The legislature is established on a two-year cycle that coincides with elections in even-numbered years. Last year saw the first session of the 89th General Assembly and it lasted 110 days. This year is the second session of the 89th General Assembly and it will last 100 days. As most of you know, this can last longer than the allotted days, but we only get paid for the designated days – anything over that is our responsibility. This is the incentive for us to do your job and come home.
Last year, I was elected by my colleagues to be one of their leaders, assuming the position of majority whip. It’s an exciting but challenging role. I will always hold this position since it is a two-year mandate.
My committees are pretty much the same as last year. The only change being that I volunteered to leave environmental protection to make way for two new members who were elected in special elections this year. I now serve on:
• Administration and rules
• State government
• Judicial Budget Sub-Committee (Vice Chair)
• Business Rules Review Committee
For those of you who are regular readers, I apologize as some of this information may be a bit redundant. The first week consists mainly of speeches and the first committee meetings. Here is an overview of the first week of session:
Tuesday – Governor Reynolds gave the state of the state
Wednesday – Acting Chief Justice Susan Christensen presented the state of the judiciary
Thursday – Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell gave the state of the Iowa guard
In addition to the speeches, each of the committees met for an organizational meeting which consists of presentations and short speeches from the chairs and ranking members on their thoughts on what their respective committees can accomplish during the session. . We then adopt the committee rules and are now ready to get to work next week.
During a special session in October, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law the new congressional and legislative maps that will take effect after the November election and will be in place for the next 10 years. Several people asked me why we had to change districts. These changes are required by the constitution because they are directly linked to the census which is carried out every 10 years. The law requires that all representatives and senators represent the same number of people. Therefore, all demographic data received from the federal government is used to create new maps. As you can imagine, over a 10 year period, rural areas become less populated and urban areas become more populated, so the redistricting process is in place to ensure that all elected offices represent the same number of people from convention to school boards. and city councils.
My current district is House District 10, which includes all of Calhoun, Pocahontas, Humboldt, and the western part of Webster. I have announced that I am running for the new district which will be House District 7 and will include all of Calhoun, Pocahontas, Sac and more of Webster County.
This is the Legislature website https://www.legis.iowa.gov/. From this site you can find out about committees, bills, watch debates and a ton of other stuff. I encourage you when you have free time to go there and browse all the information related to what we do here.
I look forward to hearing from you as we move through the legislative session.
State Representative Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, represents House District 10.