DES MOINES – Today, Equal Pay Day 2017, we fight for every woman in the workforce and the struggles they face on a daily basis. In solidarity with the working women of Iowa, Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement:
“Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder of the challenges and obstacles women continue to face every day in the workplace. In Iowa, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. The wage gap is even wider among women of color. With full control of the legislature, Iowa GOP legislators could have used their power in the majority to bridge the wage gap in Iowa and ensure the hardworking women of Iowa the equal pay that they have earned and deserve. The fact Republicans haven’t broached the subject of equal pay for equal work this legislative session shows just how little they appreciate women and their valuable contributions to Iowa’s workforce.
DES MOINES – Today, as Iowa members of Congress prepare to vote on legislation that would take health care away from 24 million Americans and drive up premiums for older America, IDP Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement.
“No matter how Iowa’s GOP congressional delegation votes today, it will not change the fact that Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young voted time and again to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. King spearheaded a bill on the first day of the 2017 congressional session to do just that and rob hundreds of thousands of Iowans of their insurance coverage. Both Blum and Young voted, without hesitation, to move forward with a bill to repeal this past January.
DES MOINES – In response to Rep. Steve King’s most recent display of racism, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Derek Eadon issued the following statement:
“Iowa has a rich history of welcoming immigrants and refugees, and we strongly condemn King’s words. Governor Branstad and Kim Reynolds have shared the stage with King and continue to stand beside him. It’s not enough to simply disagree with King by saying his behavior is not indicative of “Iowa values”. King deserves a swift and sharp rebuke from all Iowa GOP leaders. Reynolds condoned King’s history of racist statements by throwing her support to King during last year’s primary.
The Iowa Democratic Party announced today that Kevin Geiken will serve as the new Executive Director of the Party. Geiken is a native of Butler and Franklin counties who attended Iowa State University and has been involved in Iowa politics for over a decade. Kevin worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, in addition to working for Organizing for America. Geiken served as Deputy Executive Director for the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2014 cycle. Kevin has also worked for a variety of progressive and non-profit clients as a public affairs strategist and event producer. Geiken formerly served as Rules Co-Chair for the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee.
“Kevin is one of the most talented organizers and political strategists I have ever worked with in my career,” said IDP Chair Derek Eadon. “I have had a chance to work with Kevin on several projects and his experience and approach are exactly what our party needs right now. Kevin is respected across the state, and he is a nationally renowned trainer and organizer. He has trained hundreds of staff and volunteers in the state and is a natural leader that will help this party move forward united.
“I would also like to thank outgoing Executive Director Ben Foecke for his service and devotion to the party. Ben has worked for the Iowa Democratic Party for 12 years and is one of the reasons our party is as strong as it is today. Ben has selflessly shepherded the party through multiple, tough election cycles, and he is one of the most professional and dedicated leaders I have worked with. The Iowa Democratic Party is stronger because of Ben Foecke. After a well-deserved break, I look forward to seeing what projects he will tackle next.”