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 recognizing the men and women of the Waukee Fire Department of Waukee, Iowa as our Iowans of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Neal Edward Smith of Des Moines, Iowa – in recognition of his 100th birthday – as our Iowan of the Week.

Each week, I honor an Iowan who has done something outstanding that deserves to be recognized. I started my ‘Iowan of the Week’ because I want to honor our unsung heroes, our everyday Iowans who leave a positive impact on their community not for renown or reward, but because that is who they are. I’ve found parents, teachers, and farmers to celebrate each week. This week, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Iowans a little differently. I ask you to join me in honoring all our health care workers.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Kerisa Baedke, teacher and educator at Prairieview School in Waukee, as this week’s Iowan of the Week.

Dane and Kelsey Kruse from Silver City, Iowa are young farmers in Mills County continuing the family tradition on the farm.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Pam Williams, the Director of the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps in Des Moines, as the Iowan of the Week. As the Isiserettes celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, I know this longstanding community program relies on the contributions and dedication of Ms. Williams to the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Dr. Vergarie Sanford for her outstanding work and commitment as a faith leader in her community.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Judge Romonda D. Belcher, a District Associate Judge at the Polk County Justice Center in Des Moines, Iowa as the Iowan of the Week. Judge Belcher is the first African American female judge to serve in the state of Iowa. She was appointed to the bench on August 20, 2010 and serves our community with distinction.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Kristi Myers from Des Moines on this World Cancer Day.

Kristi is a mom of a smart and talented daughter, Audrey, and married to a wonderful partner, Dan. She works as a high school English teacher at Central Academy and I hear she’s a student favorite. Kristi is forever a Chicago Cubs fan, which speaks to her constant optimism. Kristi is a beautiful soul with generous heart.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor David Wolnerman, a survivor of Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Dachau — and Iowa’s last known Holocaust survivor — in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Those extraordinary men and women, like David, who survived the Holocaust have blessed us by sharing their stories and memorializing their experiences for future generations so that we never forget. Today, I am entering just part of David’s story into the Congressional Record so it may be preserved for our children and their children.
It is an honor to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Ms. Campos and celebrate the determination and hard work that she and other activists like her have put into Iowa. I have great respect and admiration for folks who stand up for people who can’t always stand up for themselves, and I am humbled by Ms. Campos’ decades and decades of bravery and compassion.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Iowa’s Bondurant-Farrar High School’s art teacher Mr. Vandehaar for his hard work in his community and his students’ success in their many endeavours. 

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