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, as we near Independence Day, I am reflecting on all of the selfless contributions and sacrifices our servicemembers have made for our country since July 4th, 1776. That is why today, I rise to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Sara Maniscalco Robinson, the Executive Director and Founder of Iowa Veterans' Perspective, as our Iowan of the Week.

I rise today to ask the U.S. House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Buffy Jamison, co-founder and co-chair of the Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, as our Iowan of the Week for the final full week of Pride Month.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Kimberly Baxter, Executive Director of Special Projects and Director of the Iowa Accountability Program for the Iowa Judicial Branch, as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Izaah Knox, community leader and Executive Director of Des Moines’ own Urban Dreams, as our Iowan of the Week. 

Service for the betterment of others is more than a hallmark of Izaah’s career: it’s his lifestyle. He’s the epitome of a ‘walk the walk’ leader – involved in all manners of activities intended to educate, empower, and raise up individuals in our community. 

Madam Speaker,

I rise today as tens of thousands of peaceful protesters are rising in cities across our country and around the world to say enough is enough. People from all walks of life are coming together to call for real change to address the inequities and failures of our systems, to shine a light on persistent and systemic racism, and to demand justice for the senseless deaths of African American men and women like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring the late Gail Orcutt of Pleasant Hill, Iowa as Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

In honor of all of this year’s graduates, I am proud to recognize the Class of 2020 across Iowa’s Third Congressional District as our Iowans of the Week. As we near the end of the semester for thousands of students, I ask that you all join me in taking a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments over the course of the year and congratulate them on this achievement as they move forward in their lives and toward their next endeavors.

Madam Speaker,

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, I am recognizing the incredible educators of Iowa’s Third Congressional District as our Iowans of the Week. Their daily contributions to our children’s lives have perhaps never been more evident than during the past couple of months while our nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic. As distance learning has become the new norm, parents-turned-home-educators have developed a whole new appreciation for the academic, social, and emotional support teachers provide our children.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me, in honor of National Military Appreciation Month, in recognizing the nearly one thousand members of Iowa’s National Guard that are helping our state fight COVID-19 as our Iowans of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the Iowans making a difference during National Volunteer Week by helping local families keep food on the table during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The efforts of each individual working to support our most vulnerable populations are commendable, and for that I am naming these volunteers Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

Our elder Americans are among the highest risk for COVID-19. During this outbreak, our seniors need the continued support from their communities.

That is why I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the dedicated employees of Iowa’s 444 long-term and skilled nursing facilities as they face new and unforeseen challenges in providing care for their patients and residents.

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