DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, announced four new committee chairs for the upcoming 2022 legislative session.
State Senator Mark Lofgren, R-Muscatine, will replace State Senator Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City, as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The announcement did not say why Carlin was replaced. He is challenging U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley for the Republican nomination in the 2022 U.S. Senate race. Lofgren has served in the Iowa Senate since 2017. He was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015.
State Senator Adrian Dickey, R-Packwood, replaces State Senator Zach Whiting, R-Spirit Lake, as the chair of the Senate Labor and Business Committee. Whiting resigned his seat in the Iowa Senate for a position with the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Texas.
Dickey was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2020 in a special election in Iowa Senate District 41 to fill the seat vacated by Mariannette Miller-Meeks when she was elected to Congress to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.
State Senator Carrie Koelker, R-Dyersville, replaces Lofgren as chair of the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee. Koelker has served in the Iowa Senate since 2019.
State Senator Waylon Brown, R-Osage, will replace Whiting as the chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee. Brown has served in the Iowa Senate since 2017.
Further committee updates will be announced at a later date.