Iowa House Democrats elected State Representative Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines as the new House Democratic Leader today in a meeting at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

House Democrats are committed to strengthening our economy and helping create jobs. We will work together on the main stream, bread and butter issues that effect the every day lives of Iowans. However, if Republicans steer to more extreme policies at the expense of ordinary Iowans, we will make our voices heard.

Democrats also elected four Assistant Democratic Leaders who include: Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines, Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown, Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City, and Rep. Mary Mascher of Iowa City.

There are seven new House Democrats who were elected earlier this month: Chris Hall of Sioux City, John Wittneben of Estherville, Dan Kelley of Newton, Dan Muhlbauer of Crawford County, Mary Wolfe of Clinton, Ruth Ann Gaines of Des Moines, and Anesa Kajtazovic of Waterloo. House Democrats will gather again in December to plan for the 2011 legislative session.