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 veterans deserve our support

This week we welcomed hundreds of veterans from across Iowa —including many from our area—to the Statehouse for the annual Veterans Day on the Hill.

They had a full schedule of activities, including a special ceremony in the rotunda honoring their service.

In addition to visiting with their legislators and with members of the Veterans Affairs Committee, the veterans met with Adjutant General Timothy Orr of the Iowa National Guard and Commandant David Worley of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

Those who’ve answered the call to duty deserve not just our gratitude but our dedicated support. In recent years, the Legislature has successfully expanded benefits for our servicemembers and veterans. Last year, Iowa became the first state to pass the top ten U.S. Department of Defense recommendations to support our troops, their families and our veterans.

We recently saw the largest single overseas deployment of Iowa National Guard troops since World War II, as 3,500 men and women were sent to Afghanistan. As long as our troops are being put in harm’s way, we’ll continue exploring ways to support and honor their service.


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