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.

Fact sheets on job creation efforts available

During the 2010 session, the Legislature approved $30 million for a new Disaster Prevention Smart Planning Local Grant Program.

Grants will be awarded to construction projects that prevent future disasters and use smart planning techniques, such as sustainable designs for low-impact development. This includes replacement or reconstruction of local public buildings to mitigate damages from future flooding and other disasters.
Applications for these grant funds were due August 2 and are currently being reviewed. See all the projects submitted, including those from our area, at

Another state Web site provides updated county by county summaries of state job creation and disaster recovery projects that have already been funded. Visit


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