Oldson Elected As Democratic Whip

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City was elected today to serve as the new leader of Iowa House Democrats. Rep. Jo Oldson of Des Moines was elected as the Democratic Whip and four other lawmakers were elected as Assistant Democratic Leaders.

“House Democrats are ready to get to work in January to improve the lives of everyday Iowans.  We know that Iowans are tired of the divisive, partisan politics that defines our system today but it should not be that way. We believe it’s time to put politics aside, listen to Iowans, and do what is best for people again,” said Prichard.

Rep. Prichard will be serving his 4th term in the Iowa House when session starts in January.  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. In addition to running his own small business, he is a volunteer and active member of his community. Todd’s wife, Ann, is a teacher in the Charles City School District and they have three children.

“We made big gains in the Iowa House this year and for the first time in Iowa history, women make up a majority of a caucus in the Iowa Legislature. I’m excited to help lead House Democrats in 2019 and get the Legislature back to focusing on the basics like education and affordable health care for Iowans,” said Rep. Oldson, who will be serving her 9th term in the Iowa House.

House Democrats also elected four Assistant Minority Leaders for the 2019 session and include Representatives Wes Breckenridge of Newton, John Forbes of Urbandale, Brian Meyer of Des Moines, and Sharon Steckman of Mason City.

Ten new members will be joining the House Democratic Caucus in January, including Karin Derry from Johnston, Molly Donahue from Marion, Tracy Ehlert from Cedar Rapids, Lindsay James from Dubuque, Kenan Judge from Waukee, Jennifer Konfrst from Windsor Heights, Jeff Kurtz from Ft. Madison, Heather Matson from Ankeny, Kristin Sunde from West Des Moines, and Dave Williams from Cedar Falls.

The 2019 Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 14.