Over the last 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. A vibrant ag economy is critical to a strong economy and creating jobs in communities across Iowa. The legislature must  work together to repopulate those areas, while capitalizing on the strengths of rural communities to create good jobs and improve the quality of life.

The Rural Caucus was created because House Democrats recognized the importance of Iowa’s rural economy and wanted to give legislators an opportunity to work together on issues like boosting rural job creation, meeting Iowa’s rural infrastructure needs, guaranteeing adequate resources for rural schools, and addressing poverty in rural Iowa.

The Rural Caucus meets every week to review proposed legislation, hear from various speakers and discuss impending issues that may affect rural Iowa.