New Legislator Profile: Charlie McConkey

A passion for improving educational opportunities drives Charlie McConkey in the Statehouse. Raised by a mother with an eight-grade education working minimum wage, McConkey and his four siblings learned early on the value of hard work and determination. Born in Carter Lake, that geographical quirk of Iowa that's essentially in Nebraska, he and his family moved to Council Bluffs, where McConkey is ...
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New Legislator Profile: Liz Bennett

If you're not in the room where decisions are being made, you might not like what choices others are making for you. That's the advice a Cornell College professor gave Liz Bennett about eight years ago. "Women your age take for granted all of the things that you have," she recalls as the words the instructor said that lit a fire in her to get engaged in politics. Now Bennett is in the room, one th...
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New Legislator Profile: Timi Brown-Powers

If any clerks, pages or other young staff at the Iowa Legislature think they could benefit from a motivational life coach, they may want to pull up a chair next to new State Representative Timi Brown-Powers of Waterloo. The positive-thinking legislator loves encouraging others to discover their own leadership potential. She sees her election as another way to continue a life's focus of serving peo...
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New Legislator Profile: Abby Finkenauer

At an age where many young people are still figuring out their direction in life, newly-elected State Representative Abby Finkenauer walks onto the floor of the Iowa House each day with a passion and purpose unlike many others. Elected from District 99 in Dubuque, Finkenauer, a 26-year old Democrat, already looks like she belongs because she does. Having accumulated a decade of experiences in poli...
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