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.

Help Break the Stalemate

Over the last three weeks, things have come to a virtual standstill at the Statehouse. We're asking for your help. It’s up to you—and your friends, neighbors and family members—to help break the stalemate over the state budget among the House, the Senate and the Governor. We must fight unnecessary cuts to education and job creation, especially when our state’s reserve funds are full at $600 million, and another $300 million will be added by the end of the fiscal year. Call Governor Branstad at 515-281-5211 and let him know that you don’t want unnecessary cuts, especially when the state has the money to invest in Iowa’s future. Delivering this message at a Statehouse news conference on May 17 are (from left) Senator Bob Dvorsky of Coralville, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, I, and Senate President Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg.


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