Linda Upmeyer

Born:July 23, 1952 (age 69)
Career:Iowa House of Representatives, 2002-present
Education:B.S.N., University of Iowa
M.S.N., Drake University

Linda Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2002 and was reelected in 2012 for her sixth term.

She is a Republican from Clear Lake, Iowa. Prior to being elected, she received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Iowa and her Master of Science in nursing from Drake University. Upon obtaining these degrees, Upmeyer went on to pursue a career as a registered nurse practitioner.

From 2008-2010, Upmeyer served as House minority whip. In 2010, she served as the majority leader of the State House of Representatives, becoming the first woman to hold this position in Iowa. She currently serves as the national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council. During her tenure as a legislator prior to becoming House majority leader, Upmeyer served in other leadership roles through her committee memberships. She served as chair of the Human Resources Committee from 2005-2007 and as vice chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee during her first term from 2003-2005.

Upmeyer’s legislative priorities before becoming majority leader focused primarily on health care and human services.For example,as chair of the Human Resources Committee in her first term in the House, she took the lead in raising concerns regarding the oversight of assisted living facilities, which she credits as one of her first legislative successes (HSB 1543). She also has championed other health care issues by sponsoring legislation that recognizes registered nurses and physician assistants as approved health care providers (HF 606,HF 22607)8,9, sponsoring a resolution related to cervical cancer awareness(HCR 1610), and pushing for electronic health records and health information technology (HF 66812, HF 230113). Since joining the Republican caucus leadership, Upmeyer has broadened her focus with such priorities as limiting and cutting government spending (HJR 116, HF 35617). Additionally, she has noted that reducing property taxes and removing unnecessary burdens on businesses are her priorities for the 2013-2015 legislative session.