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Des Moines, IA – Iowa Senate Republicans met at the Capitol today and elected leadership for the 85th General Assembly, which convenes on January 14, 2013. Senate Republicans elected State Senator Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) as Senate Republican Leader.

“I look forward to the upcoming legislative session and the opportunity to find solutions to some of our continued problems: reducing the size of government, creating jobs, and putting Iowans back to work,” said Dix.

State Senator Rick Bertrand (Sioux City) will serve as the Senate Republican Whip while State Senators Smith (Davenport), Ernst (Red Oak), Kapucian (Keystone), Johnson (Ocheyedan), and Feenstra (Hull) were elected as Assistant Leaders.

“The group we’ve selected brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and hard work to the table. They will all be a valuable addition to our Senate Republican Leadership team,” said Dix. “I’m eager to continue my work in the Iowa Senate moving the state toward fiscal responsibility, meaningful tax and education reform.”

Senator Dix is a third-generation farmer who started his political career in the Iowa House where he served five terms. He was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and recently served on the Senate Appropriations, Judiciary and State Government Committee and the Senate Education Budget Subcommittee.

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