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.

CB student named National Epilepsy spokesperson

Congratulations to Savanna Groenjes, 13, of Council Bluffs, who has been named National Epilepsy spokesperson. Savanna will travel to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about epilepsy and how it affects the life of a child who experiences seizures. The advocacy is part of the Epilepsy Foundation's annual Kids Speak Up! event from March 27-29. Savanna and other young people will personally petition congressional leaders for better access to care, improved public education and awareness about epilepsy and more research toward a cure. For additional information, please visit


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