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 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. 

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Dr. Mike Wells, Superintendent for the Hamburg Community School District for his effort to create a unique and engaging learning environment for K-8 students in the Hamburg Makerspace Program.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) launched a new program to honor Iowans for their hard work and contributions to their communities by submitting them to Congress as “Iowan of the Week.” “One of my favorite parts of representing Iowa’s Third Congressional District in Congress is the opportunity I have to celebrate outstanding and often unsung Iowans for their work to help improve Iowa,” said Rep. Axne. “Each Iowan of the Week will be recognized for helping their neighbors and making Iowa better by enshrining their contributions in the Congressional Record for future generations to see.”