The Iowa Senate is shuffling some committee assignments due to Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) stepping down as chair from the Ways and Means Committee. State Senator Jake Chapman (R-Adel) is taking over as chair of the Ways and Means Committee in the Iowa Senate.
The Iowa Standard reached out to Chapman for comments on the change.
“I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee,” he said. “We had had some great success in lowering the tax burden on the hard-working Iowans, but more is yet to come. My focus has been and will continue to be on putting more money back into the pockets of hard-working Iowans.”
Bills are filed annually that will increase taxes and fees. Chapman was asked about some of these bills.
“I wasn’t elected to raise taxes,” he said. “I intend to do everything I can to cut taxes. Bills that result in placing a heavier tax burden on Iowans will be considered a non-starter.”
Chapman has led efforts on several high-profile tax related bills the last several years, including the elimination of the death tax and ending taxpayer-funded lobbying.
Chapman has served as chair of the Commerce Committee since 2018. He will remain on the Commerce Committee, but no longer serve as chair. Sen. Dan Dawson (R-Council Bluffs) will chair the Commerce Committee.
Sen. Jim Carlin (R-Sioux City) will now serve as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Chapman was a member of the Judiciary, Legislative Council, Rules and Administration, State Government, and Ways and Means committees in 2019.
Chapman was a member of the Ways and Means Committee from 2013-15.
He was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012.
***Updated committee compositions are below. All changes are effective immediately and other committee assignments are unchanged.***
Ways and Means
Dawson, vice chair
Koelker, vice chair
Garrett, vice chair
Johnson, vice chair
Miller-Meeks, vice chair