Republicans choose same top leaders to run Iowa House

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer pounds the gavel during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer pounds the gavel during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in control of the Iowa House have chosen the same top leaders to run the chamber for the next two years.

The GOP announced Wednesday that Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake will continue as House speaker. Rep. Chris Hagenow of Windsor Heights will serve as majority leader. The appointments will be official when the next legislative session begins in January.

Upmeyer became Iowa’s first female House speaker in 2015 after the previous leader, Rep. Kraig Paulsen, relinquished the position. Hagenow also became majority leader last year.

Republicans have a 59-41 majority in the chamber. The party also has a 29-19 majority in the Senate, which also has one independent and one open seat.

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