Zach Wahls named Democratic leader of Iowa Senate

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Democratic members of the Iowa Senate elected Sen. Zach Wahls of Coralville to serve as the new Democratic Leader of the Iowa Senate.

Wahls’ Senate district includes Wilton and portions of Muscatine, Johnson and Cedar counties.

Senator Wahls released the following statement:

“I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as the Iowa Senate’s Democratic Leader. As the Senator representing Cedar, Johnson, and Muscatine counties, my district spans urban, suburban, small town, and rural Iowa. I see firsthand the growing gap between the wealthiest few and the majority of Iowans across our state. A rising cost of living with stagnant wages meant that too many Iowa families were struggling — and that was before the coronavirus pandemic gripped our state.

“Senate Democrats will be focused on defeating the coronavirus with decisive action supporting essential workers, protecting Iowa families, and assisting small businesses. The impact of this pandemic on Iowa’s economy, public health, and especially our senior citizens, cannot be overstated. We must get our state back on a path to complete economic recovery.

“Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to Senator Janet Petersen for her leadership and look forward to working with her to ensure a smooth transition as I assume the responsibilities of serving as the Democratic Leader. Her passion for Iowa families, mothers, and babies will remain a key priority for our caucus when the Legislature reconvenes in January.”

Wahls was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2018. He represents Senate District 37, which includes Coralville, western Iowa City and Solon in Johnson County; all of Cedar County; and the city of Wilton in Muscatine County.

Wahls currently serves as a Vice President at GreenState Credit Union. Wahls and his fiancée, Chloe Angyal, live in Coralville.

Senate Democrats also elected Amanda Ragan of Mason City as Democratic Whip and elected five Assistant Leaders for the 2021 session: Nate Boulton of Des Moines, Bill Dotzler of Waterloo, Pam Jochum of Dubuque, Herman Quirmbach of Ames, and Jackie Smith of Sioux City.

Senator-elect Sarah Trone Garriott of Windsor Heights also joined the virtual caucus.

The 2021 Legislative Session starts on Monday, Jan. 11.

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