Newly elected State Sen. Dave Mulder and Rep. Chuck Soderberg will be the speakers for the "Lunch with Legislators" at 12 noon Thursday, Jan. 6 in the meeting room of American Bank.
The annual event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce to offer discussion on upcoming legislative issues. After remarks by the legislators, audience members may ask questions.
Tickets may be reserved by Tuesday, Jan. 4 by calling the Chamber office at 546-8821.
The 2005 (first regular) session of the 81st Iowa General Assembly will convene Monday, Jan. 10 in Des Moines.
Mulder represents Iowa Senate district #2 which includes Le Mars and the western half of Plymouth County, most of Sioux County and all of Lyon County. The former educator from Sioux Center ran unopposed in November after defeating Kenneth Veenstra of Orange City in the Republican primary in June.
Soderberg, a vice president at Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, will represent district #3 in the Iowa House of Representatives. He has been appointed as vice chairman of the House economic growth committee.
House district #3 includes the same areas of Plymouth County plus the southern part of Sioux County, represented for six terms by Ralph Klemme.
House members may find some parts of their Chamber damp after a water pipe burst Christmas Eve. About 1,000 gallons of water poured through the ceiling, down the stairs, into light fixtures, into walls and finally in the basement of the newly renovated building. Des Moines firefighters responded within 30 minutes after the alarm on the sprinkler system.
No estimate of damage to the Capitol has been announced. The state is self-insured, according to Associated Press reports.
The opening of the 81st Iowa General Assembly will also be historic as the Senate is split 25-25 with no Republican or Democratic majority. In the Iowa House the Republicans have a 51-49 majority. More cooperation and less partisanship has been promised by Iowa political leaders.