Des Moines, Iowa – Today, State Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City was elected to serve another term as leader of the Iowa House Democrats. Rep. Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights was elected as the Democratic Whip and four other lawmakers were elected as Assistant Democratic Leaders.
“House Democrats are resolved in bringing people together and being a strong voice for the hundreds of thousands of Iowans that we represent when session starts in January. It’s time to get this pandemic under control and keep our family, friends, and neighbors healthy. We are focused on making sure Iowans are safe so we can move Iowa forward and get our lives back to normal,” said House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard.
Rep. Prichard will be serving his 5th term in the Iowa House. Prichard is a Davenport native and enlisted in the Army Reserve while attending the University of Iowa. He later joined the US Army and Iowa National Guard with tours in Kuwait, Iraq, and Egypt. Today, Rep. Prichard is a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves. Prichard currently runs his own law practice in Charles City and has also served as the Assistant Floyd County Attorney.
“Our caucus is ready to get to work right now to get this virus under control in Iowa. Now third worst in the nation with exploding case numbers and preventable deaths, Iowa faces a public health crisis because the state’s response has fallen far short of what’s necessary. Iowans deserve leadership on this issue, and House Democrats will continue to fight for common-sense, science-based measures to keep Iowans safe and healthy. We need to listen to the experts and immediately enact the recommendations of the White House Coronavirus Task Force,” said House Minority Whip Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights.
Rep. Konfrst will be serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House. She is an associate professor in Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and worked for 12 years at Iowa PBS. She has also provided strategic communications counsel to nonprofit, state, and corporate organizations during her career. She served as an Assistant Leader during the 2020 legislative session and lives in Windsor Heights with her husband, Lee, and two children who are both in college.
House Democrats also elected four Assistant Minority Leaders for the 2021 session including Representative Brian Meyer of Des Moines, Representative Lindsay James of Dubuque, Representative Charlie McConkey of Council Bluffs, and Representative-elect Eric Gjerde of Cedar Rapids.
Four new members will be joining the House Democratic Caucus in January, Eric Gjerde of Cedar Rapids, Sue Cahill of Marshalltown, Christina Bohannan of Iowa City, and Steve Hansen of Sioux City.
The 2021 Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 11. For more information and full bios on all House Democratic members, log on to: www.iowahouse.org.
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