Local lawmakers land key committee seats

Thursday, December 11, 2008

House Republican leaders have re-appointed local Rep. Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia) as Ranking Member of the House Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capital Appropriations Subcommittee - a key position toward determining how that state's funding will be allocated.

"I'm pleased that Rep. Huseman will be once again representing Republicans on this committee. His previous work paired with his knowledge and insight on these issues make him an invaluable asset to Iowans," said House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen. "With his leadership, hard work, and dedication, we're sure to move Iowa in the right direction."

Huseman, who is serving his eighth term, will also serve on the House Appropriations, Agriculture, Transportation and Natural Resources committees, all considered heavyweight appointments.

"I'm committed to working in a bipartisan manner to help enact positive changes for our state," said Rep. Huseman. "At the same time, I'm not afraid to call out wasteful or unnecessary spending. Protecting the taxpayer is my number one priority."

The Iowa Legislature convenes January 12 of next year, with all of the local representatives re-elected.

Also this week, local Iowa Senator Steve Kettering (R-Lake View) has been named ranking member of the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees for the Eighty-third General Assembly.

"I look forward to serving my constituents this session as ranking member of these committees," he said.

"Senator Kettering has consistently been a strong voice for the taxpayer and his leadership experience at the Capitol will be a great asset to Iowans. As we look towards a difficult budget year, we must work to identify the priorities of Iowans while cutting the fat from the budget," stated Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley.

Kettering will also serve on the Commerce, Ethics, Rules and Administration and Natural Resources and Environment Committees. He represents District 26, with Buena Vista, Sac, and Carroll counties and portions of Crawford County.

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