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Legislative leaders lay out priorities

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Iowa’s 2023 legislative session kicked off Monday. For the seventh consecutive year, Republicans have full control of the legislature. This year, following redistricting, about one-third of the state’s lawmakers are new.

Host Ben Kieffer and IPR State Government reporter Katarina Sostaric speak with legislative leaders about the new session and their priorities. First, Sen. Jack Whitver, R-Grimes, and Rep. Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, join the program. Then Sen. Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, and Rep. Jennifer Konfrst, D-Windsor Heights, join the second half. The lawmakers answer questions about school voucher programs, abortion restrictions, property taxes and more.


  • Republican Sen. Jack Whitver, Senate Majority Leader
  • Republican Rep. Pat Grassley, Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
  • Democratic Sen. Zach Wahls, Senate Minority Leader
  • Democratic Rep. Jennifer Konfrst, Iowa House Minority Leader
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katarina Sostaric is IPR's State Government Reporter
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk