State Representative Art Staed of Cedar Rapids has been named Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee by House Speaker Pat Murphy of Dubuque.

“With experience in both small business and education, I trust Rep. Staed to help us create good-paying jobs and make sure our workforce is prepared for the jobs in today’s global economy,” said Murphy.

Staed is also Vice-Chair of the House Economic Growth Committee and serves on Education, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Last year, the Economic Development Budget was over $50 million and funded the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Workforce Development, Department of Cultural Affairs and funded economic development initiatives at our state universities.

“I’m honored to serve as vice-chair and I look forward to serving in a leadership role on the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee. If our economy is going to continue to grow, it is essential that we have a highly-skilled and abundant workforce for
Iowa businesses to succeed and expand,” said Staed.

Staed has separate masters degrees in both secondary education and education administration. He is a successful small businessman who has opened businesses in several states. Staed currently teaches at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids and is a Cedar Rapids Education Association representative to the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce.