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.

Happy New Year Friends--2011

The 2011 session starts on Monday. I look forward to working with you—and for you—again this year. If you have ideas or concerns you’d like to share with me this session, please call me at 515-281-3901 or e-mail me at

I encourage you to make a trip to the Statehouse this session, take a tour of the building and observe the proceedings in the House and Senate. If you do get to the Capitol, be sure to stop and see me so that we can get to know each other.

By the way, if you haven’t yet had a chance, please take my pre-session jobs survey at To do my job effectively, I need your help and ideas.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!


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