Iowa Senate Majority Leader Is NCSL's 44th President
Chicago—Senator Mike Gronstal of Iowa, became the 44th president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the annual Legislative Summit in Chicago.
Gronstal, a Democrat, succeeds Utah Senator Curtis Bramble, a Republican. NCSL, a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country, alternates its leadership annually between the two parties.
“I have been involved in NCSL for many years and I look forward to working with a group that represents the interests of all states and takes such a constructive and bipartisan approach,” said Gronstal. “There are so many issues that transcend across party lines and NCSL provides that very opportunity to discuss solving some of those pressing issues impacting each of our states.”
Gronstal has represented the Council Bluffs and Carter Lake region in western Iowa for more than 30 years, two in the House and 31 in the Senate. He has served as Senate president, minority leader, majority whip and assistant majority leader, and, during the Senate’s historic tie in 2005-2006, he was elected to serve as co-leader. Currently, he is the Senate majority leader and chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee and Legislative Council. Gronstal believes governing should be a bipartisan effort, and this was reflected in what many called an impressive, even landmark, session last year with a noticeable lack of gridlock.
Gronstal has been a social worker, shipping clerk and stay-at-home dad, and during his years in office, he has focused on creating better jobs, improving education, and making health care available for all Iowans. His priorities include addressing Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers, improving teacher pay and making community college even more affordable. Additionally, Gronstal has been recognized by his colleagues for his dedicated work and knowledge of complex issues in the insurance and utilities industries.
Gronstal is a graduate of Antioch College in Ohio, a third generation Council Bluffs resident, a husband to Connie and a father to two grown daughters. He is 66 years old.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.