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The Iowa Senate Democrats put out a tweet on Dec. 22 that would be crushed by fact-checkers.

“Our agenda is responsive to the people. Our Democratic Senators show up, listen to the concerns of their constituents, and fight to solve their problems.”


That is almost true. Almost.

But Democrat State Sen. Rob Hogg didn’t show up for much of the legislative session this year. Sure, he was able to make it to the Black Lives Matter riot at the Iowa Capitol, that’s just something he does.

But showing up regularly to work on behalf of his constituents in his capacity as an elected state senator — that isn’t what he does. Or at least it wasn’t in 2021.

Hogg’s attendance was so bad, even the mainstream Iowa media wrote about it. And, when they did write about it, Hogg made clear he attended the BLM riot at the “request” of Cedar Rapids constituents who are members of Advocates for Social Justice.

No word if not enough of his constituents believed requested his presence at the Capitol to, you know, do his job, or if he just didn’t care about what they requested.

Not only was Hogg not present for most of the regular legislative session, but he also didn’t bother to show up on Oct. 28 for the special session involving redistricting either.

For what it is worth, Hogg announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. But perhaps he should’ve resigned from his seat instead of leaving it vacant more often than not? Then his constituents could have actually had representation at the Capitol on a full-time basis rather than sporadically — at best.

Author: Jacob Hall


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