Iowa lawmakers begin 2020 session, name Grassley new House speaker

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley talks with poses for a photo with his grandfather U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, after taking the oath of office during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP photo

Linda Upmeyer, speaker since 2016, has stepped down from the leadership position but will complete her current term through the end of this year.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 1:17 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2020 3:09 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have convened the 2020 legislative session with the House voting to name Republican Rep. Pat Grassley the new House speaker.

With his family including his grandparents U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley and Barbara Grassley looking on, Pat Grassley was elected by voice vote and took the oath of office to take the speaker’s chair. He says workforce issues should be the top priority and that includes finding ways for working families to have access to childcare and make it affordable.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer, speaker since 2016, has stepped down from the leadership position but will complete her current term through the end of this year.

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