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Smith re-elected to House leadership position

November 13, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer (apotter@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, was re-elected to an Iowa House leadership position by his fellow Democrats in a meeting over the weekend.

Smith will again serve as assistant minority leader of the House. He is one of four legislators assisting House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines.

Smith has served as assistant leader the past two years.

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"I was nominated for the position and I indicated I liked serving in the position," Smith said.

Smith said among his duties in this role are monitoring the bills and the policies, helping to understand the implications of them, and educating members of the House on them.

Smith said he was pleased McCarthy was again elected the House minority leader and he was the one who nominated him.

He said the House Democrats have one big priority heading into the 2013 legislative session, which begins Jan. 14.

"First and foremost will be quality job creation," Smith said.

Smith said over the next two months he will be working on pre-filing legislation leading up to the session.

The three other assistant leaders for the House Democrats are Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, Rep. Mary Gaskill, D-Ottumwa and Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City.

Smith was elected to his seven term in the Iowa House by voters in District 71 on Nov. 6, beating Republican challenger Allen Burt.

 
 

 

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