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.


Madam Speaker,


I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Mr. John Douglas, Executive Director of the Wilkie House in Des Moines, as our Iowan of the Week.


Madam Speaker,

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Sue Wilson and The Helping Hand of Warren County in Indianola, Iowa for their aid to the underserved people of their community. Sue and The Helping Hand are the pinnacles of what it means to be an Iowan, and I wish to recognize them as my Iowan of the Week for their remarkable dedication to the betterment of their state.

Madam Speaker, I rise before the House to honor Mr. Patrick Ford, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Co-Founder and President of Project Onyx. Patrick, who lives in Bondurant with his family, is an example of how an individual can turn their words of wanting to make the world a better place into concrete actions that improve the lives of those in our communities. Through the work of Project Onyx, Patrick and fellow co-founder, Mr.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Carley Deery from Carlisle High School as Iowan of the Week. Carley is a senior at Carlisle High School with a passion for animals. Her father David Deery is a senior fire medic at Des Moines Fire Station No. 3. He told his daughter a story of resuscitating a dog from a house fire using a pet oxygen mask.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Delwyn Showalter, a long-time coach, athletic director, and mentor to many students in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Delwyn is set to retire from his roles this year, and I wish to recognize him as my Iowan of the Week for his outstanding service to his community.

Madam Speaker,

I rise today to recognize Dr. Heidi Shreck, a pediatrician who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Primary Health Care, a community health center local in central Iowa. Dr. Shreck is a dedicated, trusted physician who works each day to support the health of our communities, and it is my distinct honor to name her Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Larry Winum, community banker and President of the Mills County Economic Development Foundation in Glenwood, Iowa. Larry’s outstanding service to his neighbors and fellow Iowans during some of the most challenging times in the last 18 months is why I recognize him as my Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

Today I want to honor an Iowan who is fighting for change and assistance for those who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS or also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Executive Director of the Iowa ALS Society, Josh Nuss, has been a leading champion in our state for those diagnosed with this tragic, progressive and misunderstood disease. I am proud to honor Josh as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise before the House to recognize Kacia Cain, an Iowan who has dedicated her life to teaching students about the importance of STEM. Kacia has devoted her life to encouraging Iowans to participate and foster a love and appreciation for STEM. She has inspired, motivated and provided a platform for so many students and individuals in Iowa to cultivate their appreciation for the sciences. 

Madam Speaker, I rise before the House to recognize two Iowans who have given countless hours to a worthy cause through their organization, Promise 4 Paws: a sanctuary in Council Bluffs for senior dogs. Co-founders Cathy Graeve and Tiffany Barrett created a community of volunteers that provides the daily care, medication, and companionship so the nearly three dozen senior dogs in residence may live in a home-like environment safely and comfortably for the rest of their years.

Madam Speaker,