After serving in Iraq and missing the last two legislative sessions, State Representative Ray Zirkelbach of Monticello rejoined his colleagues in the Iowa House on Monday, the opening day of the 2008 legislative session.

Rep. Zirkelbach is Sergeant in the 133rd Infantry Division of the Army National Guard and was re-elected to the 31st House District in 2006 while serving in Iraq.  He was wounded in combat and received the Order of the Purple Heart.