Randy Feenstra

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Randy Feenstra
Randy Feenstra - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 12, 2009
Preceded by Dave Mulder
Personal details
Born (1969-01-14) January 14, 1969 (age 48)
Hull, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynette
Children Four children
Residence Hull, Iowa
Alma mater Dordt College (Bachelors)
Iowa State University (MPA)
Website Senator Feenstra

Randy Feenstra (born January 14, 1969) is the Iowa State Senator from the 2nd District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 2009.

Education[edit]

Feenstra graduated from Western Christian High School.[1] He received a bachelor's degree from Dordt College and his MPA from Iowa State University. His professional experience includes being the sales manager for the Foreign Candy Company, then City Administrator of Hull, Iowa for seven years. In 2006, he was elected Sioux County Treasurer.[2]

Legislative career[edit]

Feenstra currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate – Capital Projects committee; the Fiscal committee; the Tax Expenditure committee; the Transportation committee; the Ways and Means committee; and the State Government committee.[3]

Feenstra was elected in 2008 with 24,595 votes, running unopposed.[4] He was reelected in 2012, again without opposition.[5]

Political stances[edit]

Voters' rights[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Feenstra voted[6] to shorten both the amount of time one may cast an absentee ballot and the number of days one can vote at satellite polling sites,[7] and he voted to require all voters to present a state-issued ID.[8] Though he voted for the measure, the bill was opposed by the Iowa State Association of Counties, an advocacy group for Iowa's disabled, and Iowa's Department on Aging opposed the bill.[9]

Workers' Rights[edit]

During the 2017 legislative session, Feenstra voted[10] for House File 295[11] which eliminates local control in municipalities that voted to increase their own minimum wage locally. Feenstra's vote will cause the minimum wage to be lowered in four counties which had already voted to raise their minimum wage (Johnson, Linn, Wapello, and Polk[12]).[13] Estimates show that at least 64,300 residents of Iowa will have their wages effectively lowered, including 35,800 to 36,000 in Polk County,[14] 10,100 in Johnson County,[15] and 18,400 in Linn County.[16]

Healthcare[edit]

Feenstra voted in support[17] of House File 625,[18] which eliminated the requirement that parents report on their state taxes whether or not they have healthcare for their children.[19] In this bill, Feenstra also voted to eliminate the requirement that parents apply for healthcare coverage, such as Hawk-i or Medicaid, for their children.[20]

Immigration[edit]

Feenstra voted[21] for an amended[22] form of Senate File 481.[23] This bill eliminated elements of local control by requiring a local officer to comply and detain an immigrant who is guilty of three misdemeanors,[24] non-violent felonies,[25] and felonies[26] until ICE arrives. This bill was opposed by a number of organizations in Iowa, including the Iowa Police Chief Association, the Iowa Catholic Conference, the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, the Iowa Coalition against Sexual Assault, and the Iowa State Bar Association.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geleynse, Jesse (April 24, 2011). "Iowa legislature needs to continue eligibility debate". Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Visser, Jeanne (March 11, 2008). "Feenstra will run for State Senate". Sioux County Index Reporter. Small Town Papers News Service. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Senator Randy Feenstra". Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2008 General Precinct Vote Totals by County". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2012 General Precinct Vote Totals by County". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Senate Journal (Thursday, April 13, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Iowa Legislature Adjourns: What passed in 2017 session?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 516". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyist Declarations". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Journal of the Senate (March 27, 2017)" (PDF). Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ Iowa Legislature. "House File 295". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ Hardy, Kevin. "Polk County Berates GOP lawmakers for minimum wage, collective bargaining bills". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ Hardy, Kevin. "Local Smackdown: GOP bill would freeze Iowa minimum wage at $7.25, ban city, county increases". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  14. ^ Norvell, Kim. "Polk County's Minimum Wage Hike". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  15. ^ Gruber-Miller, Stephen. "What's next for Johnson County after minimum wage rollback?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  16. ^ Linn County Government Documents. "Linn County Minimum Wage 2017-2019". Linn County Government Documents. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  17. ^ GOP Legislators. "Senate Journal (April 11, 2017)" (PDF). The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ GOP Legislators. "House File 625". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ Petroski, William; Pfannenstiel, Brianne. "Elimination of kids' health care tax checkoff sparks heated debate Iowa senate". Des Moines Register. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ GOP Legislators. "House File 625" (PDF). The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Senate Journal (April 12, 2017)" (PDF). The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  22. ^ GOP Legislature. "Amendment S-3300". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ GOP Legislature. "Senate File 481". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  24. ^ Immigration & Customs Enforcement. "Immigration Detainer Form (I-247)" (PDF). U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  25. ^ Immigration & Customs Enforcement. "Immigration Detainer Form (I-247)" (PDF). U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  26. ^ Immigration & Customs Enforcement. "Immigration Detainer Form (I-247)" (PDF). U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ Iowa Legislature. "Lobbyists Declarations for Senate File 481". Iowa Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 

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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Dave Mulder
2nd District
2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent