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.

Gronstal on Higher Education

Senator Gronstal had a good meeting with Dr. Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Western Community College, on May 24. We discussed education funding in general and community college funding in particular. The governor’s proposal would drop state aid to 2007-2008 funding levels, even as enrollment continues to go up.
Our community colleges serve traditional college transfer students and those who go directly into the workforce. They offer certificate programs, one- or two-year degrees, and respond quickly to the needs of employers and area businesses. Governor Branstad wants to create 200,000 new jobs in Iowa. Our community colleges can deliver skilled workers for these jobs.

The Senator is more convinced than ever that we need to end the impasse on the education funding. Rest assured that he will continue to fight for our community colleges, including $10 million for job training programs and $14 million for general state aid for community colleges that Republicans want to cut.

We must do what we can to keep tuition affordable at our community colleges. We can’t let Iowans get priced out of quality education and job training opportunities.


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