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 ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing an Iowan who embodies the value of a strong work ethic and the dedication it takes to learn a trade. Earlier this month we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week to highlight the impact and value of apprenticeship programs across the United States. To continue that celebration, I am proud to name Nils Backstrom, a union carpenter in Iowa with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, as our Iowan of the Week.

Veterans Day offers Americans time each year to reflect on the service and sacrifices that our veterans, reminding us of the freedoms and values we might take for granted other days. This is the week for us to pay our respects to those who have served and stand united in respect for our veterans. That is why today, I rise to honor a veteran who is a shining example of what it means to serve both in uniform and in his community. I am proud to recognize Bernie Stone as Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing each and every one of the volunteer poll workers who helped with this general election as our Iowans of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. As such, I rise today to ask my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Penny Bisignano for her efforts in bullying prevention in our schools. She has played a key role in supporting anti-bullying training and programming for teachers, parents, and students in Iowa. In fact, our Senate colleagues may remember Penny’s 2012 testimony on the issue of bullying.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing a dedicated and community-minded young man from Treynor as this week’s Iowan of the Week. Cameron Graber, a current student at the University of Iowa, was recently honored with the 2020 Spirit of the Relay Award from the American Cancer Society for the Iowa/Nebraska Area.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Kellie Markey, the founder and executive director of Dorothy’s House in Des Moines, as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Vanessa Marcano-Kelly, owner of Caracas Language Solutions and passionate community activist, as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Sophie Homonoff, Director of Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, as our Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Mr. Eric Burmeister, Executive Director of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, as this week’s Iowan of the Week.

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,

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