STEPPING DOWN: Bertrand No Longer Minority Whip

The new legislative session will begin in nearly three weeks but one Iowa Senator decided he will no longer be a top leader for his party.

Sioux City Republican Rick Bertrand emailed fellow senators to announce his resignation as Minority Whip.  The spot is the top position behind Minority Leader and helps track support among members for many issues.

Bertrand’s email said in part, that leadership is not about titles, it’s about results.

“I am not downplaying or overplaying the importance of the whip role, nor the challenges of any of my fellow senators’ elections, but I have decided the best way to serve my caucus in 2014 is to run and win Senate Seat 7,” Bertrand said in his announcement email.

Bertrand said he expects a tough fight to hold onto his Senate seat in next November’s election.

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