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Jeff Kaufmann Discusses The Future Of The Iowa Republican Party And 2020 Successes

Clay Masters
Jeff Kaufmann is the Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa.

What’s the future of the Republican Party in Iowa? That’s been a big question, especially since the January 6th insurrection, the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and into the first month of the Biden presidency.

It was a mixed bag for the GOP in the last election. Republicans lost the White House and the US Senate, but they won seats back from the Democrats in the U.S. House. Republicans did well in legislatures across the country, including here in Iowa.

The GOP retained control of the Iowa Legislature with majorities in both the House and Senate, and Republican Governor Kim Reynolds halfway through her second term. Iowa's GOP also flipped two U.S. House seats from blue to red with the elections of Rep. Ashley Hinson and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

Jeff Kaufmann, chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, joins River to River host Ben Kieffer to talk about where the state GOP is now, and where it’s headed.


  • Jeff Kaufmann, chair, Republican Party of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River