HOUSE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS ON FOXHOVEN ILLEGAL ACTION CLAIMS

Des Moines, IA — State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee submitted a formal letter to the House Oversight Committee today to open an investigation into the forced resignation of former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven and questions of illegal action.

“It’s the constitutional duty of the Iowa Legislature to provide oversight and hold the executive branch accountable, especially in cases that involve billions of our tax dollars. For weeks, the Reynolds Administration has been hiding the reason for Jerry Foxhoven’s forced resignation and now we may know why.  The allegations that  the Reynolds Administration asked Director Foxhoven to break the law are deeply troubling and must be taken seriously by lawmakers of both parties,” said Representative Gaines of Des Moines. “Iowans deserve to know the truth.”

As the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, Representative Ruth Ann Gaines is calling for immediate hearings of the House Oversight Committee at the State Capitol to hear directly from former Director Foxhoven about the serious allegations he made against the Governor.

Below are the questions House Democrats are asking to provide transparency into the possible illegal action:

1) Who gave the “illegal” order and did Governor Reynolds authorize it?

2) What was the “illegal” order?

3) Has the “illegal” order been given to the interim director?