Iowa’s Racing and Gaming Commission was established in 1983 after the Iowa Legislature passed the Pari-Mutuel Wagering Act. The commission investigates the eligibility of applicants and selects from those who can best serve Iowans.
A Council Bluffs native, Carl Heinrich is a veteran of The United States Air Force. Heinrich earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, a master’s from Emporia State University and a doctorate from The University of Kansas.
Heinrich is the past president of Iowa Western Community College. He serves as a member of the board of directors on the American Red Cross, Loess Hill Chapter; Heartland Family Services, Council Bluffs Water Works, and currently serves as the board president of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.
“Carl will be an individual who will strive to protect the integrity of the board and maintain the confidence of the people,” said Branstad. “He is an individual from a city with a gaming presence who has a fair temperament and will serve the people of Iowa well.”
Heinrich will replace Kathryne Cutler on the commission and will serve a three year term beginning May 1, 2011 and ending April 30, 2014.
A former State Representative and President of the State Senate, Jeff Lamberti earned a B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. from Drake University. A native of Ankeny, Lamberti is the president of Block, Lamberti, Gocke & Ahlman P.C., is president and lead investor of The Iowa Barnstormers and shareholder and principal of Riverside Partners, Inc.
Lamberti has served on numerous boards including Casey’s General Stores, On With Life, Inc. Head Injury Rehabilitation Facility; Iowa Legal Aid Foundation, March of Dimes Central Iowa Division and the Ankeny Community School District Foundation.
“Jeff has extensive knowledge of Iowa’s laws and regulations that pertain to gaming,” said Branstad. “Jeff’s expertise will be an asset as the commission adopts standards for licensing and operation of racing and gaming facilities.”
Lamberti will replace Paul Hays on the commission and will serve a three year term beginning May 1, 2011 and ending April 30, 2014.
Branstad has submitted both Heinrich and Lamberti’s names for Senate confirmation.
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