Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Heading ‘Back to School’

from the Gronstal Report

It’s a sure sign that summer is coming to an end when students, parents and teachers prepare to head back to school.

This is the first year in a quarter of a century that we don’t have a student in our family. Our younger daughter, Sara, graduated from Mankato State in the spring. Her student days are over, but she’s still heading back to school. In fact, we just helped her pack up for her move to Charleston, Illinois, where she’ll be director of Forensics for the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University.

I’m proud that my daughter has decided to teach because it’ll give her the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, just as so many educators are doing for the kids in our community. Wonderful local teachers—like Linda Nelson at Carter Lake Elementary, who served two terms as president of the Iowa State Education Association—have dedicated their lives to making sure our kids get the skills they need to succeed.

Support for our local schools is a top priority of the people in our Senate district, and it’s an issue I’ve worked on at the Iowa Statehouse. Our recent efforts are improving student achievement by keeping the best teachers in Iowa classrooms, increasing accountability, and making quality preschool accessible to all Iowa kids.

I’m looking forward to seeing these successes firsthand when I visit local classrooms as part of America's Legislators Back to School Program.

This national effort, sponsored by the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, teaches young people what it's like to be a legislator. Every year, more than 1,400 state lawmakers visit an estimated 320,000 students in their classrooms, bringing civics to life for our young Americans and encouraging them to play an active role in their government.

It also gives me the opportunity to meet personally with young constituents, answer questions, share ideas and listen to concerns.

I’m setting up my visits for the upcoming school year and am interested in visiting elementary, junior high and high school classrooms. If you’d like me to come to your school, call me at 515-281-3901 or e-mail me at


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