Iowa Future Caucus Co-Chairs
On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 members of the Iowa Future Caucus led a tour of renewable energy facilities in the Hawkeye State. Legislators sought to learn more about renewable energy and the opportunities it creates for jobs, the economy and the environment.
On July 13, 2019, the Millennial Action Project, in partnership with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Iowa Future Caucus, hosted ‘Iowa in Action.’ The half day event brought together undergraduate students with members of the Iowa legislature, journalists, organizers, and other thought leaders to learn more about politics and government in Iowa.
On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Senator Zach Nunn (R-15),Senator Zach Wahls (D-37), Representative Lindsay James (D-99), and Representative Joe Mitchell (R-84) announced the creation of the Iowa Future Caucus—a caucus dedicated to reaching bipartisan policy solutions addressing issues faced by Millennials and future generations. These four state legislators constitute the leadership of the caucus.
Future Caucus News
The Iowa Future Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of four state legislators, toured four renewable energy facilities this week in hopes of getting a more intimate look at Iowa's own production.
On Tuesday, state legislators embarked on an all-day tour of renewable energy facilities in Iowa. During their visit to Colo, they toured the Story Winds facility and got a snapshot of Iowa’s wind energy industry. The group of legislators are a part of Future Iowa Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators age 40 and younger, included Rep. Lindsay James, D-Dubuque; Rep. Joe Mitchell, R-Mount Pleasant; and Sen. Zach Wahls, D-Coralville.
Renewable energy creates jobs, supports rural communities and provides alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. Today, state legislators in Iowa from both parties took part in a renewable energy industries tour across the state.
If there's a bridge for partisan divides, at least in the state of Iowa, it runs through renewable fuel sources. Or so that's the thinking of the Future Iowa Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators age 40 and younger who swung through Mason City as part of a broader tour to learn more about energy "success stories" in the area.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers toured two renewable fuel plants in Mason City. They want to better understand how to help this industry thrive and better fuel Iowa's economy. Four of the group were part of the Iowa Future Caucus. They are a caucus of lawmakers under 40-years-old who want to work together, regardless of party affiliation, to address issues of the future.
In the next general election, millennials are expected to represent 27 percent of eligible voters, the second-largest group behind baby boomers, according to the Pew Research Center. Despite those numbers, however, my age group is underrepresented in elected office. One national group aims to increase young people’s influence in public policy, and it’s growing its footprint in Iowa.
Joe Mitchell is a 21-year-old state Republican legislator from Wayland. He discusses his first experiences being part of the Iowa Legislature and the new group he has joined to give younger leaders a voice in politics.
Some of Iowa's youngest state lawmakers have made a plan to break through partisan gridlock and foster cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Emily Woodbury talks with two members of the Iowa Future Caucus, Senator Zack Wahls and Representative Joe Mitchell, about their priorities at the capitol and why they feel they are well equipped to tackle the partisan divide.