DES MOINES -- Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement applauding Speaker Upmeyer’s years of service to the state of Iowa:

“Very few House Speakers in Iowa’s history have created a legacy like Speaker Linda Upmeyer.

“At a time when gridlock and partisan bickering grind Washington, D.C. to a halt, Speaker Upmeyer delivered tangible results on behalf of Iowans, creating opportunities for them to grow their business, raise their families and keep government out of the way. 

“Her accomplishments in leading campaigns is unprecedented. She raised more money as Majority Leader and Speaker than anyone in the House. Speaker Upmeyer has helped dozens of candidates and incumbents win tough elections, resulting in five consecutive General Assemblies in the majority. 

“Of course, Speaker Upmeyer shattered the glass ceiling as Iowa’s first female speaker. But more important than that, she showed young women that being a leader isn’t just about being female. It’s about not stepping away from a challenge and forging your own way. 

“We thank Speaker Upmeyer for her years of service to our state and the lasting impact she has made as House Speaker.”


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