DES MOINES, Iowa – State Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, announced that he would step down as the Iowa House Minority Leader on Wednesday. Prichard served as the House Minority Leader for three legislative sessions. Iowa House Democrats will choose his replacement on June 14, 2021.
“It’s been a great honor to serve as leader of the Iowa House Democrats for the last three years. After conversations with my family, it’s time for me to step aside and allow a new member of our caucus to lead. I know my caucus will continue to hold Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers accountable and fight for common sense, progressive values at the Statehouse,” Prichard said in a released statement.
Prichard was elected to his 5th term in the Iowa House in 2020. He said he plans to serve out his term as State Representative. Prichard is a Davenport native, small business owner, attorney, and Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves. He represents Iowa House District 52.
Iowa House Democrats in 2018 picked up five seats after flipping seven seats but then losing two. Under Prichard’s leadership, Republicans wiped out those gains in 2020, flipping seven seats, but losing one seat of their own for a six-seat gain in an election cycle Democrats thought they could win the majority.
The 2022 Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 10. Still, the legislature will meet for a special session this fall to approve a redistricting plan since the U.S. Census Bureau did not provide the information before the legislature adjourned Sine Die.