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.

Iowa House to hold public meeting on HSB 1

The Iowa House of Representatives will be holding a public meeting on House Study Bill 1 on Tuesday, January 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the House Chamber at the Capitol.

HSB 1 is a deappropriation and supplemental appropriation bill for FY 2011 and repeals a number of standing appropriations for the next two years. In total, the bill reduces state funding by $216 million. Some of the major programs being repealed are the voluntary preschool program, the Grow Iowa Values Fund, smoking cessation programs, passenger rail, sustainable communities, and the Save Our Small Business Fund.

Those wishing to speak at the public meeting may sign up at the Legislative Information Office by calling 515-281-5129. If unable to attend, you may e-mail written testimony to


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