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Upmeyer, Gassman finish legislative careers

first_imgYou can listen to Upmeyer’s and Gassman’s speeches below: = Linda UpmeyerKGLO News · Linda Upmeyer farewell speech DES MOINES — Two north-central Iowa legislators who are not running for re-election gave their farewell speeches over the weekend prior to the legislature adjourning for the year. For Clear Lake Republican Linda Upmeyer, it concludes 18 years in the Iowa House. She became the first woman to be elected as House majority leader in 2010 and then became the first woman to hold the title of Speaker of the House starting in 2016. Her father, the late Del Stromer, was House Speaker in the early 1980s.   “As I grew up watching my father and my mom by his side, because that’s always where she was, listening to his constituents at our kitchen table, or on that wall phone that we had in our kitchen, I learned early that public service matters.” Upmeyer emotionally thanked the House for the time she spent as Speaker.  “As I sat here in the speaker’s chair over the course of four sessions, I loved looking at your faces. As we were doing our work, I could see your passion. I could see how prepared people were to talk about what was on their hearts and on their minds, and I could see your frustration, but I always knew you cared. You were doing the work on behalf of the Iowans who sent you here.” Upmeyer thanked her family for allowing her to serve in the legislature.  “This job is hard on our families. I’ve developed pretty thick skin over the years, but social media has changed so much of what we see and hear. The name calling, the threats we get, and the distractions are much harder on our families than they are on us.” Upmeyer concluded by thanking legislators for their hard work and dedication. “We fight hard to win the support of Iowans to hold these offices for a span of time, but when the voters have decided, Iowans expect us to get to work on their behalf. I’ve tried to do that, and I wish each and every one of you the very best. God Bless You all.” Upmeyer’s House District 54 covers the western third of Cerro Gordo County, all of Franklin County and the northwestern part of Butler County. =======Scarville Republican Tedd Gassman wrapped up eight years serving in the Iowa House. He gave at times a humorous speech, which included recollecting his first election campaign, running for high school class elections. “One of the main issues that I caught onto during that time of doing that was I promised the whole school — we always had chili and cinnamon rolls on Friday — you vote for me, you get more cinnamon rolls. It worked, I won that election. I had an ace in the hole though on top of the whole thing. My mom was the baker for the hot lunch program.” Gassman says it’s been a thrill to be a member of the House for the last eight years.  “One of the most exciting things I’ve ever done is to have a key to the capitol of the state of Iowa. This has been just grand for me to be able to come down here. As I mentioned before, marrying my high school sweetheart and the birth of our three children would be the highlight of my life, but this comes in second.” Gassman has served in House DIstrict 7 that covers Winnebago, Emmet and northern Kossuth counties. center_img = Tedd GassmanKGLO News · Tedd Gassman farewell speechlast_img

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