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 January – April: 2nd Friday from noon – 2pm
  • 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

Legislative Briefings

Legislative Briefings 2023

The Washington County Legislative Briefings are held on the second Friday of the
month from noon until 2 p.m. in the months of January – 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. After our legislators give updates on the committees they serve on, those who are in attendance are welcome to address the legislators with any concerns or compliments they have to offer. Immediately following the briefing, a company tour is offered for all in attendance.


2023 Events: Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and Briefing begins at noon. Concludes around 2p.m. with company tour of host location.
February 10th: KCTC (514 B. Ave, Kalona) Lunch Provided
March 10th: Halcyon House (1015 S Iowa Ave, Washington) Lunch Provided
April 14th – Washington County Hospital & Clinics (400 E Polk, Washington) Lunch Provided


Let us know you’re coming to the April 14th event by filling out this RSVP!


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