DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa House Republicans have a new leader.
Representative Linda Upmeyer was chosen to serve as Iowa House Speaker Thursday morning as Republicans gathered to pick the new leadership.
She is the first woman elected to that role and this will be her seventh term in the Iowa House.
Before this, the Clear Lake Republican served as House Majority Leader.
Upmeyer is the second person in her family to serve in the role, her late father Del Stromer served as Speaker in the early 1980’s.
“My Dad was an amazing man so it’s really it’s something to live up to knowing what a good job he did as Speaker watching him and being able to follow in his footsteps.”
Upmeyer said her mother gave her a special gift this morning to celebrate her new role.
“This morning my mother gave me the lapel pin that was a gavel that she had given him when he was first elected Speaker, so it’s a very special moment for our family.”
The opening was prompted when Speaker Kraig Paulson announced earlier this month he will step down from his position, but continue to serve the remainder of his legislative term. He had been House Speaker since 2011.
Upmeyer began her campaign for the spot immediately following Paulson’s announcement.
She will take over at the beginning of the 2016 session.