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.

New Year resolutions for the 2011 legislative session

With the New Year comes a new legislative session. The 2011 session begins on January 10, and I’ve got some New Year resolutions that I’ll be working to keep every day at the Iowa Statehouse.

My No. 1 resolution is creating good-paying jobs for Iowans. Iowa’s unemployment numbers are low compared to most other states, but that’s not good enough. We can do a whole lot more to put hard-working Iowans back on the job.


I also resolve to continue making Iowa the renewable fuels capital of the country. Our state is now an international leader in developing and producing renewable energy. Whether it be wind, biofuels or energy efficiency, Iowa is on the cutting edge. That’s good news for job creation and our economy, as more businesses look to locate here.

I resolve to do what it takes help keep Iowa’s students among the best educated in America. Kids entering the classroom this year-- including those in our statewide preschool program--are proving what research has repeatedly shown: giving kids the best start possible makes sense.

I resolve to balance the budget without raising taxes. That means continuing the state government reforms and reorganization that have already saved hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

Finally, I resolve to fight for affordable health care for the children of working Iowa parents. Healthy, happy children are better students on the road to a more productive life.

We’re certainly making progress. The latest positive indicator is that Iowa’s economy improved in November for the 14th month in a row, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue. I’m going to keep working to make sure we get more good news like that in the future.


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