House Speaker Kraig Paulsen named to advisory board for national GOP group


Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen on Thursday was named to an advisory board for GOPAC, the national Republican political group.

Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, is beginning his third year as the highest officer in the state House. He’ll be serving on GOPAC’s Legislative Leaders Advisory Board alongside 10 other House Republican leaders from across the country.

Members of the board are expected to inform the group of “key legislative and political developments within their state” and work with candidates and elected officials on its behalf. GOPAC is well-known for its efforts recruiting and supporting Republican candidates in state and federal races.

Paulsen led Iowa House Republicans’ election efforts in 2012, when the party lost six seats but maintained its majority. The balance of the House is now 53 Republicans and 46 Democrats, with a special election to choose the 100th House seat scheduled for next Tuesday.

“There is no doubt that the leaders in our states are the guiding light for real reform in America,” said GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli. “We are honored and excited to have such dedicated and innovative state legislators on this year’s Advisory Board, and we look forward to working hand in hand with each and every one of them to advance the solutions that create jobs and improve the personal freedom of our citizens.”