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 Mrs. Barbara Kaiman for her outstanding leadership and positivity as she serves those in need in her local community and fights food insecurity in Mills County. Barbara has acted as the food bank director, as well as serving many other roles, for the Mills County Storehouse in Glenwood for more than 20 years – all on an entirely volunteer basis. I’m pleased to name Barbara our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

September is National Suicide Prevention month. In light of this, I rise to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Joani Moller, the Area Director for the Iowa Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

Madam Speaker,

I ask the House of Representatives to join me in celebrating an Iowan who models the promise of the American Dream and someone who has turned their passion for dance into a thriving small business. It is my great honor to recognize Sabetha Mumm, the owner of Dance Vision in Johnston, as Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Ms. Rachael Haaland for her outstanding leadership and positivity as she serves families and children during this pandemic by naming her our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Dr. Benjamin C. Bell, Jr., a longtime pastor and community and family counselor in Des Moines, as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, 30 years ago — on July 26, 1990 — the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all facets of life ranging from employment and transportation to public accommodations and government services.

Madam Speaker, as millions of individuals, families, and essential workers struggle to obtain the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) required to keep them safe during these difficult times, volunteer organizations like the Iowa Mask Brigade have stepped up to provide these critical items to keep our citizens and communities safe. That is why today, I rise to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the Iowa Mask Brigade as this week’s Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in celebrating Mrs. Francine Combs for her decades of hard work in her community and her 100th birthday this month by naming her our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Rachelle Long, the owner of Chellie’s Sugar Shack in Des Moines, as this week’s Iowan of the Week.

 

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.

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