Legislative Involvement

Washington County Legislators and Senators: 

Iowa State Representative Heather Hora (R), Iowa House District #92

Iowa State Senator Dawn Driscoll (R), Iowa Senate District #46

Legislative Quick Links:

Visit Iowa Legislative Online


Contact Government Relations Chair:
Michelle Redlinger [email protected] 

About the Washington Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee

The Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee helps to plan and implement Legislative Briefings and Candidate Forums. We encourage legislative action that promotes business growth, local economy and strong communities. We are a non-partisan organization and do not endorse any candidate nor are we a part of the US Chamber of Commerce.

  • Gain a voice in government. The chamber is a non-partisan organization but can take on appropriate tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.
  • Candidates Forum – in the fall for contested local races
  • Legislative Briefings – four sessions offered from February – April: 2nd Friday from noon – 1pm
  • Legislative Agenda – the Chamber will consider advocacy support for projects that support our business community
  • Letters of Support from the Chamber of Commerce can have a huge impact when your business is facing critical issues or applying for grants and outside funding


Interested in learning about the Candidate Forum for Ward 2 City Council that was held on January 30th? View the links below:

Download Ward 2 Candidate Forum Tape 1

Downloand Ward 2 Candidate Forum Tape 2

Southeast Iowa Union Report

Legislative Briefings

Legislative Briefings February – April 2023

The new year is upon us, and with that comes opportunity for change. The Washington Chamber has been working with the two new legislators representing Washington County and we are excited to announce a new format for our Legislative Briefings.
The Washington County Legislative Briefings will be held on the second Friday of the month from noon until 1 p.m. in the months of February, March, and April. These briefings will be held at local businesses so that local leaders and community members can learn first-hand of the importance that the decisions being made across the state can affect us at a local level. We are confident that this new time and format will provide meaningful conversations between our elected leaders and local business owners.
Event Details:
Noon – 1 p.m.   Participants are encouraged to bring lunch!
February 10th Location TBD
March 10th Location TBD
April 14th Location TBD
Businesses interested in sponsoring a date will receive an opportunity to speak at the end of the briefing and give a company tour. If you are interested in hosting these briefings, please contact Michelle Redlinger at 319-653-3272 or [email protected] Sponsorship to host and tour is $500.

Watch Recordings of Past Events

Washington, IA City Council Candidate Forum Ward 2
Washington, IA City Council Candidate Forum Ward 2
2022 Primary Candidate Forum: Heather Hora
2022 Primary Candidate Forum
2022 City Council Candidate Forum
January 2021 Legislative Briefing
January 2021 Legislative Briefing
March 2021 Legislative Briefing
March 2021 Legislative Briefing
April 2021 Legislative Briefing
April 2021 Legislative Briefing