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Kelley: Work together to build a strong middle class

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 10:40 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 11:00 a.m. CST

DES MOINES — The 2015 Iowa Legislature opened Monday and State Rep. Dan Kelley (D-Newton) was officially sworn into office to the Iowa House of Representatives.

“The people of Jasper County gave me a tremendous honor by re-electing me as their state representative in November. Today, I took the oath of office for the third time, and I am eager to listen, work hard and serve our communities and Iowa during the new legislative session, both in Des Moines and at home,” Kelley said.

Some of the priorities outlined by Kelley this year include: expanding job training opportunities; raising the minimum wage; expanding early childhood education; improving access to broadband; and encouraging more production and use of renewable energy.

“We can begin the new year and new session with the principle we know well: that our challenges have solutions when people work together and trust each other. If we do that, then the challenges really do become opportunities for our citizens,” Kelley said.

The 2015 Legislature runs 110 days and is scheduled to adjourn on May 1.  

“The people of Jasper County are strong, optimistic and ready for the future. These are the values that make us who we are. I am grateful to the citizens for giving me the chance to serve in the Iowa House of Representatives, and I am ready to get back to the capitol on behalf of Jasper County and Iowa,” Kelley said. 

“I encourage anyone with questions or suggestions to contact me at the Statehouse. While I will be attending a host of public events at home on weekends, I can be reached anytime by email at Dan.Kelley@legis.iowa.gov or by phone at 641-521-9260,” Kelley said.