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April 14th, 2011

House and Senate Approve Redistricting Map

House Approves Redistricting Plan 91-7

The Iowa House of Representatives voted to approve the first redistricting plan this morning.  The plan, House File 682, won the support of all the House Democrats and most Republicans.  All seven who voted against the bill were Republicans.

The seven who voted against the plan were:

Rep. Jeff Kaufmann – District has an 800 registered voter advantage for Democrats

Rep. Renee Schulte – District has a 1260 registered voter advantage for Democrats

Rep. Clel Baudler – District has a 1360 registered voter advantage for Republicans

Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa – Now in a district with Rep. Brandenburg, a fellow Republican.

Rep. Mark Brandenburg – Now in a district with Rep. Hanusa, a fellow Republican.

Rep. Royd Chambers – Now in a district with Rep. Huseman, a fellow Republican.

Rep. Annette Sweeny – Now in a district with Rep. Grassley, a fellow Republican.

Senate Approves Redistricting Plan 48-1

Freshman Sen. Sandy Greiner, was the only senator to vote against the plan.

Statement my RPI Chairman Matt Strawn

“The map passed today lays the groundwork for a Republican majority in both the Iowa House and Senate for the next decade as we work toward a permanent conservative governing majority in Iowa.  Ultimately, it is not arbitrary geographic lines, but rather a consistent message of policies focused on limited government, personal responsibility and individual freedom that will be central to the continued Republican resurgence in Iowa.

“With respect to the congressional districts, I am confident that more Iowans will be represented in Congress by a Republican under this map than are today. Congressman Boswell’s district becomes more Republican and conservative at a time when his voting record is increasingly liberal. I am also confident that Iowa Republicans will continue building on the broad gains seen in Eastern Iowa over the last two years and will be on offense in waging aggressive challenges in those two districts.”

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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