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 Statehouse News

Welcome to my first newsletter!  It’s been an exciting week in the Iowa House of Representatives! This past Monday, surrounded by my husband and children, I was sworn in to the House of Representatives.

It was an awe-inspiring moment that my family and I will never forget. It was wonderful to see a number of friends and constituents in the gallery to help celebrate and I’m grateful for the well-wishes from all of you as I get started here in the Iowa House!  The week also included many ceremonial events, most notably Governor Kim Reynolds' Condition of the State, Chief Justice Mark Cady’s Condition of the Judiciary, and Major General Tim Orr’s Condition of the National Guard. I truly appreciated hearing from all of them as we work on ways to move Iowa forward.

Committee meetings began this week. I am proud to serve on the following standing committees: Education, Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, and Human Resources. I also serve on the International Relations Committee and the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee. I look forward to working on a number of policy issues that will come through these committees.

Along with keeping up with a rigorous legislative agenda, I’m promoting a higher level of civic engagement among residents in my district. In order to keep an ongoing conversation with you, I will be holding office hours every Monday from 9:45-11:15am at Main Street Café in Ankeny and will hold at least one listening post a month across the district. The first will take place on Saturday, January 26 at 9:30am at DMACC in building 5.  I hope you will make a plan to visit with me as often as your time allows!  

For the first time in Iowa history, women make up the majority of one of the four caucuses in the Iowa Legislature. There are 24 women in the House Democratic Caucus and 22 men. I’m extremely proud to be a part of the historic moment and look forward to working with constituents and lawmakers to make this session an important one.

State Representative Heather Matson signs the Oath of Office on the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Representative Matson was thrilled to be joined by her husband Chris and her children Emma and Henry on the first day of the legislative session.

State Representative Heather Matson getting sworn into office on the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session.

Channel 13 News interviewed Representative Heather Matson on the first day of session as her daughter looks on.

Representative Heather Matson visited with Jeff Wells of the Ankeny Professional Fire Fighters at the Statehouse on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

With Michele Starkenburg, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, at the Greater Des Moines Partnership legislative reception on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Ankeny resident Matt Phoenix joined Representative Matson at her swearing in ceremony on January 14, 2019.

News from the Statehouse

2019 Session Gets Underway

The 2019 Legislative Session opened this week and lawmakers pledged to work together and keep focused on improving the lives of everyday Iowans.  Lawmakers said the Legislature needs to get back to the basics and create good jobs, invest in public schools, and make health care both affordable and accessible.

Some additional issues lawmakers may be working on this year include improving Iowa’s mental health system, fixing Medicaid privatization, making college education affordable, expanding job training opportunities, and improving the quality of Iowa’s water.

2019 Legislative Survey

Civic engagement with constituents is a top priority of mine.  I want to know what is important to you so I’m asking you to participate in a brief survey. To complete the survey and share your views go to:

Governor Puts Forward Budget Plan

During her Condition of the State this week, the Governor outlined her budget priorities for the upcoming legislative session. While there are proposals in the budget that the minority party will be able to find common ground on, the budget also shortchanges many priorities that directly impact working families in the State.

After years of stagnant state funding that hasn’t kept up with rising costs, the Governor’s proposal for public schools falls short of what is needed. The Medicaid system continues to be in crisis and will need at least an additional $141 million for the current fiscal year, which ends on July 1.  The Governor also recommended funding Medicaid for the upcoming year at $7.7 million below the estimated need by Medicaid Forecasting experts.

House Democrats will continue to work to find common ground, balance the state budget, and improve the lives of everyday Iowans.

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1009 Grand Ave
Iowa House of Representatives
Des Moines, IA 50319
1802 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, IA 50023
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