Iowan of the Week

Iowans of the Week will be recognized for their contributions to their communities, helping their neighbors and making Iowa better.

Each week, Rep. Axne will submit a statement to the Congressional Record on the unsung Iowan, detailing their work and efforts to make Iowa better and help improve the lives of others.


 

I rise today to honor John Lund, the City Administrator for Atlantic, as Iowan of the Week. John’s dedication to the residents of Atlantic and securing federal grants to meet the needs of Atlantic residents is the type of hard work that deserves recognition.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Anne Bacon, Chief Executive Officer of IMPACT Community Action Partnership.

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Today I rise to recognize Lewis Central’s 3rd-grade teacher Brooke Curtis as Iowan of the Week.

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I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Robyn Dobernecker as Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise to honor Jose Alvarado as Iowan of the Week. Jose has lived in Iowa for over two decades and over this time he has shown a clear commitment to improving the Latino community and Iowa as a whole. With a clear understanding of the issues facing the Latino community in Iowa, Jose has successfully implemented community-oriented solutions. 

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Tim Krueger as Iowan of the Week. Tim leads Harvest Academy, a 24-month life skills academy for those with criminal backgrounds, substance abuse challenges, or who have experienced homelessness.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Pastor Doug and Joan Brunell, owners of Uptown Brick & Bell Café in Creston, Iowa, as our Iowans of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Dr. Anuj Bhargava as Iowan of the Week. November is diabetes awareness month, and Dr. Bhargava has done more than bring awareness to diabetes, he has dedicated his life to finding a cure and fighting for those that have been impacted by diabetes.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Laborers Local 177 Journeyman Ricardo Perry as Iowan of the Week. I am especially proud to recognize Ricardo, a recent graduate of the Iowa Laborers’ Education and Training Fund Registered Apprenticeship Program, during the 2021 National Apprenticeship Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the co-founder of RAGBRAI John Karras as Iowan of the Week. RAGBRAI is the world’s oldest, largest, and longest recreational bicycling tour event, and it is a beloved Iowa tradition. John, who was a feature writer for the Des Moines Register, took his first ride across Iowa with some friends in 1973. They chronicled their journey, and that trip sparked the inspiration for what is now known as RAGBRAI – an acronym for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Sonia Parras Konrad, an attorney, visionary, and co-founder of various non-profits, as Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Aireen Snyder, a community leader and President of the Filipino American Association of Iowa, as Iowan of the Week.

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