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January 30th, 2014

Frederick Elected to SCC; Third DEC Chair Leinen Resigns

Adair County GOP Chairman Ryan Frederick is the newest member of the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee. Frederick ran unopposed and was voted in by acclamation. He replaces Monte Shaw, who resigned from the SCC to run for Congress.

“I’m excited for this opportunity and I look forward to working with everybody,” Frederick said. “We’ve got a short window until the district convention. I’m pretty excited to help out with that and we’ve got some big decisions coming up with proposed rule changes and an co-chair election this Saturday.”

Frederick was nominated by John Yates, the Mills County GOP chair. It was seconded by Polk County GOP Finance Chair Darrell Kearney. Frederick becomes one of the 18 voting members of RPI’s board of directors.

“The number one thing to me is that party has got to work on behalf of all the Republicans on the ticket, especially once we get past the primaries. We absolutely have to put things in order to defeat Bruce Braley, defeat Staci Appel and create an Iowa Senate majority,” Frederick added.

Ryan Frederick, 28, has an extensive political resume despite his youth. He worked on the 2010 reelection campaign for Senator Chuck Grassley and Tom Latham’s 2012 congressional campaign and has helped on countless legislative and local efforts as well. Frederick is also the co-chair for the Third District Executive Committee.

Additionally, during Thursday night’s meeting, Third DEC Chair Naomi Leinen also resigned. She plans to work on Matt Schultz’s congressional campaign.

“It was a difficult decision to step down. Our mission will continue,” Leinen said in a letter to committee members. “We are in a better place than when we started on this journey. Thank you very much for the chance to serve our district.”

The District Executive Committees are mainly comprised of county GOP chairs and co-chairs. Leinen also resigned from her position as co-chair of the Pottawattamie County GOP.

Photo by Keith Schweitzer

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