To the People of House District 54

What an eventful first week! It’s hard to describe the immense sense of honor and privilege I felt as I walked through the doors of the House chambers on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, to be sworn into office. I am so grateful that my family was able to join me for the ceremony. That afternoon each House member, in order of seniority, selected a seat. I ended up with a seat in the front row, which prompted the newsletter name of “Front Row News.”

In other news, Gov. Reynolds delivered her Condition of the State address on Tuesday. It was such an honor to be in the chambers and listen to her present in person. I am even more encouraged about the state of our state after the Governor's remarks. Because of strong leadership from our governor and the Legislature, our state is in a strong position despite the pandemic. Unemployment is decreasing while GDP is increasing.

The Governor outlined many key issues that are also my priorities, including need for universal, affordable high-speed internet; public-private partnerships so working Iowans can have access to affordable child care; parental choice for education and tax reform. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers on issues that will keep Iowa moving forward.

You’re always welcome to contact me about issues that are of interest to you. Feel free to send me a message via my political Facebook page or my legislative email, which is shannon.latham@legis.iowa.gov.