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“Strong leadership requires courage. It takes courage to live in our democracy.  It takes courage to speak truth to those who bend it. It takes courage to stand up to the special interests. It takes courage to speak out against extremist ideals that threaten our democracy everyday. Despite this body’s lack of initiative and courage, I know the people of Iowa will persevere. WE always have.

I wish you all a happy summer.  I hope that you can find time for your family and a return to normalcy.

When we meet back here next winter, I hope you will come with the leadership and courage that Iowans could have used this session.”