Hess committee assignments announced

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Megan Hess

Representative-Elect Megan Hess (R-Spencer) announced her committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session.

Hess will serve on the following standing committees: Education, Environmental Protection, Human Resources, and Judiciary Committees. Additionally, she was chosen to serve as vice-chair of the Judiciary committee. She will also serve on the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee.

"My committee assignments will allow me to work directly on the biggest issues concerning House District 2: educating our students, mental health reform, and the conservation of our economic lifeline -- the lakes," Hess said.

"Representative-Elect Hess is a principled leader and an extremely hard worker," Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen, said. "She will be a tremendous asset to these committees."

Hess was elected on Nov. 6 and will be officially sworn into office on Jan. 14, 2013.

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  • Hmmm, Judiciary assignment for someone who can't pass the bar. Typical Republican logic.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 9:00 AM
  • helped_myself, Your really going to play that game? Can you please tell me what qualifies Hillary Clinton to be the Secretary of State? Did her time as the first lady make her an expert on foreign policy? She is a good person and is very smart but that shouldn't qualify her for that job. I'm sure if we both looked into all the house and senate committees we could find a lot of people who aren't qualified to sit on them from both parties. But if degrading republicans makes you feel better, go ahead. Whatever gets you through the day.

    -- Posted by iowafan11 on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 10:01 AM
  • Dear "helped_myself". As a Democrat who voted for Megan Hess, I find your comment degrading and hope that you will refrain from future idiotic outbursts. I think Megan will be an enthusiastic leader in the Statehouse and will bring a fresh perspective. It's time to stop drawing party lines in the sand and its time to focus on getting things done.

    -- Posted by bburns01 on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 11:03 AM
  • Guess the truth hurts! Ever wonder where all of her campaign funds came from?

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 11:27 AM
  • Hillary also failed the bar exam at least once as did JFK Jr. and Richard Daily. I really do not feel that it's an issue unless you're just looking for something to gripe about.....

    -- Posted by Culture Warrior on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 12:27 PM
  • Voting for a puppet just because there's an R by the name is an issue. Unless you're the puppetmaster.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 2:20 PM
  • I'm curious where, exactly, you draw the conclusion that anyone here voted for Hess (I didn't, BTW) solely because there was an R by her name.

    -- Posted by notinia on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 2:59 PM
  • I will refrain from choosing sides, but there are a few non-sequiters I've noticed:

    @bburns -- Do you think enthusiasm is an indicator of a successful politician? Could there be an enthusiastic representative that is unqualified for a position? Also, what is the fresh perspective Ms. Hess will bring?

    @CultureWarrior -- Hillary Clinton failed DC Bar exam (DC Bar has a 52% pass rate), JFK Jr. failed the New York Bar Exam, twice (New York bar has a 68% pass rate), Richard Daley failed the Illinois Bar exam, twice (used to be in the 70% pass rate area, but is now around 85%). Iowa's bar pass rate hovers between 85%-90%.

    @helped_myself -- Does not passing the bar make you a worse person to sit on the judiciary committee than someone who did not go to law school? Does it make you a worse person to sit on the judiciary committee than someone who did pass the bar?

    -- Posted by Sony on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 5:50 PM
  • Regardless of who is representing the district, it's important for them to have significant party assignments. It's clear that Hess's background and connections played a role in these assignments and that is a good thing for the district.

    -- Posted by No. 3121 on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 12:05 AM
  • I'm a left leaning independent who voted for Megan Hess, despite really wanting to support her opponent, because she provided clear, well-thought-out plans for education and other concerns for our region. I'm happy she has found her way on to influential committees and feel she will do an outstanding job representing us.

    State representatives come from all different backgrounds. We could have had a public school teacher, a bus driver, or someone else entirely. In Sioux City we had a former school superintendent, a man with a Master's in History who had been deployed to Iraq (Desert Storm) and became commander of a National Guard Unit; a small business owner, a journalist, and a former meatpacking worker. It's just whom you think will best take your concerns and viewpoints to Des Moines, and be responsive.

    I'm proud of Hess, and am relieved we will have someone as active and responsive as Jeff Smith had been. I'm also glad Smith is still in the legislature, albeit with a district that has moved away from Spencer.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 12:49 PM
  • My wife and I are farmers and raise livestock and we were and are proud to have helped Megan with both time and money. We think she will do well as she brings interest , ability and energy to the job.

    -- Posted by cow man on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 7:20 AM
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