Linda Upmeyer is a member of Iowa House of Representatives. She is the Republican House Minority Whip and has represented District 12 since 2002. Her current committee assignments include Administration and Rules, Economic Growth, Human Resources, and Natural Resources. She has also been assigned to the Leadership Council and International Relations committees.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
As of 2011, Rep. Upmeyer was the former chair and a current member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Health and Human Services Task Force, and on the ALEC Board of Directors. In 2010, she was a recipient of ALEC's "State Legislator of the Year Award." In August 2011, she spoke on "Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!" at ALEC's 2011 Annual Meeting.
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Upmeyer is on the Executive Committee of the Midwest Council of State Governments, a regional division of the Council of State Governments, an association of state officials serving all three branches of government (as opposed to ALEC's one). "She is a former trustee for North Iowa Area Community College and a former board member of both the National and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees."
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- Linda Upmeyer, "Iowa House Republicans"
- American Legislative Exchange Council, Workshop #8: "Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!," speaker biographies and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
- Linda Upmeyer, ALEC website, Accessed May, 2011.
- CSG Midwest, About, organizational page, accessed August 31, 2011
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