State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt of Cedar Rapids has been selected by her colleagues to serve as an Assistant Democratic Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives for the 2012 legislative session.

“Rep. Running-Marquardt will be a great addition to the leadership team in the House and I know she will make sure the hardworking people of Cedar Rapids have a strong voice at the State Capitol,” said House Democratic Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines.  “Her fresh perspective, hard work ethic and strong leadership abilities are a great asset to our caucus as we work to strengthen our economy and create good-paying jobs.”

“I look forward to serving in this new leadership role and keeping the House focused on issues important to middle class families like jobs, quality education, and affordable health care,” said Running-Marquardt.

In addition to her leadership role, Rep. Running-Marquardt will serve on the Administration & Rules, Appropriations, Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa, Labor, and Local Government House Committees.

The 2012 Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 9th.