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Kelley joins Iowa House rural Caucus

Published: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 11:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 11:38 a.m. CDT
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Members of the Iowa House Rural Caucus for the 2015 legislative session include; Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield, Rep. Sally Stutsman of Riverside, Rep. Bruce Bearinger of Oelwein, Rep. Mary Gaskill of Ottumwa, Rep. Dan Kelley of Newton, Rep. Nancy Dunkel of Dyersville, Rep. Helen Miller of Fort Dodge, Rep. Scott Ourth of Ackworth, Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City and Rep. Patti Ruff of McGregor. The members will work together on issues such as boosting rural job creation, meeting rural infrastructure needs, guaranteeing resources for rural schools and addressing poverty in rural Iowa.

DES MOINES — State Representative Dan Kelley of Newton will serve on the House Rural Caucus for the 2015 legislative session.

“A vibrant ag economy is critical to a strong economy and creating jobs in communities across Iowa. Adding value to the crops for farmers through industries like renewable energy will give our local economy a boost and protect our natural resources,” Kelley said.

The Rural Caucus was created because House Democrats recognized the importance of Iowa’s rural economy and wanted to give legislators an opportunity to work together on issues like boosting rural job creation, meeting Iowa’s rural infrastructure needs, guaranteeing adequate resources for rural schools, and addressing poverty in rural Iowa.

“Over the last 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. We must all work together to repopulate those areas, while capitalizing on the strengths of rural communities to create good jobs and improve the quality of life,” Kelley said.

The Rural Caucus meets every week to review proposed legislation, hear from various speakers and discuss impending issues that may affect rural Iowa.

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