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Due to time constraints, it may be a while before I get back to you.
Please bear with me.

If you are aware of any former Iowa legislators who are in the news,
let me know and I'll try to get their Wiki-article going.

Let us reason together...

My work on Wikipedia is often related to the Government section of WikiProject Iowa, particularly with regards to Iowa legislators (watchlist) and Iowa elections. Additionally, I tend to hang out around the village pumps, new user welcome areas, and have a few WP:DELSORT listings on my watchlist. I'm also generally available if you need administrative help, help understanding/modifying templates, or just a general tour of Wikipedia.

To Do — Iowa Legislators

My To Do List

  • Create/update articles, ensuring they are to the standard of existing articles. doing
  • Make sure that House terms are listed for senators - noting that Joe Seng's isn't. doing
  • Make sure that House terms are completed for representatives - Wayne Ford's isn't. doing
  • Make Iowa legislature articles footnote formatted. doing
  • Double-check senators who are listed as serving only 2-year terms - Eg. Amanda Ragan. doing
  • Do the "born"s in the article text. doing
  • Do the alma maters in the infobox. doing
  • Find out inauguration dates and replace term starts/ends with them. Keep an eye out for those whose terms really DO start or end in unusual years (special elections/resignations). doing
  • According to Template talk:Infobox Officeholder, common name should be used in infoboxes. Fix it so that full name is used in article and common name in infobox. Leave explanation in "reason" spot. doing
  • Check Wally Horn and see if he served in the Iowa House before 1972.
  • Make sure headers are in place for current/former Speakers, President of the Senate, etc. As well as Majority/Minority leaders. Sample is done for Mary Lundby. Note that sample is only for template on bottom, not for inbox. Also create the relevant categories (linked to Commons cats).
  • Create decent articles for elected Iowa Cabinet officials.
  • Add electoral history to lists. doing
  • Create/update/standardize election articles per discussions. doing
  • Add photos to other-language versions of the articles.
  • Add short description "American politician" to all persondata templates for state legislators. Note that User:Waacstats has already done many of these. doing
  • Ensure that the lead of each article indicates the party. doing
  • Update URLs to the new legislative website (use multi-term link because it doesn't go out of date). doing
  • Double-check all candidates from 2010, the PDF doesn't list party affiliations, check against the candidate list, which does.
  • Ensure they are listed on their correct disambig pages. (last name, first name, etc. as appropriate)
  • Make galleries for the House and the Senate for each General Assembly. doing
  • Get simple:Iowa up to Good Article status.
  • Get Iowa up to Good Article status.
  • Take Iowa General Assembly, Iowa Senate, and Iowa House of Representatives to Good Topic status.
  • Ensure that the in-session membership section is complete. (recurring)
  • Re-sort Iowa Women's Hall of Fame by year.
  • Migrate Template:Infobox officeholder/Awards to the new civilian/military distinction.

Custom Watchlists I Use

Special:Recentchangeslinked/User:Philosopher/Iowa legislators watchlist (Updated 8/17/2011)
Special:Recentchangeslinked/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Iowa/Iowa_recent_changes (Updated 8/17/2011)

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Quick Information
  • Registered: October 27, 2005 (14 years, 81 days)
  • Admin since: May 5, 2008 (RfA) (11 years, 256 days)
  • Simple Admin from: June 30, 2009 (RfA) to June 23, 2014 (request) (4 years, 358 days)
  • Commons Admin from: August 5, 2012 (RfA) to February 13, 2014 (inactivity) (1 year, 192 days)
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