Yesterday Senate Republicans elected Sen. Paul McKinley to lead them in the State Senate. The move came as no surprise as many of the Senators who supported Sen. Ron Wieck are no longer serving in the Senate. McKinley a conservative Republican, now resides over a more unified caucus than his predecessors when it comes to ideology. I think there will be a noticeable difference coming from the minority in the Senate this session.
While the State House has been the focus for Iowa Republicans in the past 2 elections, it’s the Senates turn to get some much needed love and attention. While Republicans are firmly in the minority with only 18 Republicans compared to 32 Democrats, it’s the senate who has some very good opportunities to pick up seats in the next election. Sure it might take time to regain the majority, but it’s an effort we must be committed to.
Congratulations to Senator McKinley and his leadership team.
With 2 of the 3 leadership positions filled with new blood and fresh ideas, we now look to the State Party to see who they reach out to. The names that have been floated are as follows.
Matt Randall (SCC Member)
And expect more names to emerge.