As another year comes to a close, I am thankful for the time to stop and reflect on all that happened in 2016. It was an eventful and exciting year. Here are some highlights:
January 11, 2016 marked the first day of session and I delivered opening remarks as the House Majority Leader for the first time.
I was honored to have my son Owen give the pledge and my good friend Pastor Terry Amann deliver the prayer during the first week of session.
The Iowa Caucuses on February 1st began an exciting campaign season here in Iowa. The record turnout on caucus night showed voters were energized and enthusiastic about the Presidential election. We had a packed room for my own caucus here in Windsor Heights.
In March, I received the Champions for Children Award from the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa.
Spread the Word to End the Word Day was March 1st. I always enjoy when my friends from Special Olympics visit the Capitol.
On April 29, 2016 we closed out another successful legislative session. We worked hard to protect Iowa taxpayers and victims of human trafficking, improve water quality in our state, and pass a balanced budget.
After some much needed time off, campaign efforts ramped up in May. Door knocking began and yard signs started to go up.
The Iowa GOP State Convention took place on May 21st. My good friend and Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Matt Windschitl, served as the chair.
In June I held my annual Summer Cookout at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines. We had a great turnout and great weather!
Independence Day weekend means parades, parades, and more parades. It’s a fun time for the whole family to get involved.
August marked the last month of summer break, but it also brought the
Iowa State Fair! This was my daughter Sophia's first, but certainly not last corn dog.
My kids love going to the fair on STEM day, and this year, they got a picture with our friend and soon-to-be Governor, Kim Reynolds.
Senator Joni Ernst joined us in West Des Moines for our final event of the campaign season.
I also had the honor of being chosen Legislator of the Year by the Iowa Restaurant Association in October.
Election night in Iowa was one for the history books. We expanded our majority in the House and welcomed eleven new freshman members. I have enjoyed getting to know this tremendous group of leaders, who recently stopped by my office during new legislator orientation.
Later in the month, I received the Voice for Children Award from Orchard Place. A high honor from a terrific organization.
Christmas decorations went up around the Capitol. Sophia loves Christmas trees.
Happy New Year from the Hagenow family! May 2017 bring many blessings for you and those you love. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.