Monday, June 29, 2009

Congressman Pence to headline events in Eastern Iowa

Republican Party of Iowa FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,
Contact: Danielle Plogmann June 29, 2009

Des Moines, IA – Republican Party of Iowa State Chairman Matt Strawn today announced emerging national leader and House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence will travel to Iowa to headline a number of Cedar Rapids-area events on Friday, July 24.

The visit by Congressman Pence comes on the heels of the Republican Party of Iowa’s successful “Night of the Rising Stars” showcase last week in Des Moines that drew nearly 1,000 Republican leaders and activists. Strawn indicated this event is the next step in connecting activists statewide by hosting more regional events and introducing newer Republican leaders.

"Throughout his career in public service, Congressman Pence has been a forceful advocate for our party's principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and political, economic and religious freedom," said Strawn, adding that he anticipates this message resonating with many Iowans and Republicans.

More recently, in his new role as the third-ranking congressional Republican, Pence has been at the forefront of such issues as drafting a forceful statement of support from Congress for Iranian demonstrators to fighting the national energy tax "cap and trade" bill that would devastate Iowa's economy.

Details of the Congressman’s visit will be released on a later date.

Highlights from Congressman Pence’s official biography:
• Mike Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, graduated from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1986.
• Pence was first elected to Congress in 2000 and was most recently elected to a fifth term in November of 2008. He also was elected unanimously by House Republicans to serve as House Republican Conference Chairman in November 2008. In his role as Conference Chairman, he helps to develop and disseminate the message of the Republican Conference and to promote its Members.
• Congressman Pence describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."
• During the 109th Congress, Congressman Pence served as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. The Republican Study Committee is the largest caucus in the House of Representatives; membership grew to 110 House Republicans under his leadership, and has been the leading voice for advancing conservative social and economic issues in Congress since the mid-1980s.

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