DES MOINES — Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement in response to Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer’s decision to not seek re-election:

“Speaker Upmeyer sees the writing on the wall. There’s a lot of momentum for Democratic values across our state right now, including affordable health care and accessible education. And Iowa Republicans who have spent their time in office prioritizing a political agenda over the well-being of Iowans will have to defend those decisions to their constituents.

“We wish House Speaker Upmeyer well in her retirement, but Iowans are hungry for Democratic leadership. In 2018, Iowa Democrats flipped seven state house seats, and along with Leader Prichard’s team, we’re putting in the work across the state to flip the chamber and elect new leaders who will work to build opportunities for all Iowans.”