Iowa Democratic Party’s Statement on Ako Abdul-Samad’s Retirement

Abdul-Samad has been serving in the Iowa House of Representatives for nearly two decades

Today, Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad announced his retirement from the Iowa House of Representatives. IDP Chair Rita Hart, and Chair of the IDP Black Caucus Al Womble, issued the following statements: 

“Ako’s nearly two decades of service for the state of Iowa is nothing short of remarkable. He leads with compassion and empathy and he truly cares about his constituents, which is something Iowans appreciate and why he has been reelected to serve his community so many times,” said IDP Chair Rita Hart. “Ako has been a great leader for public education, serving on the Des Moines Public School Board and tirelessly advocating for Iowans during his tenure in the House. His work addressing gang violence and crime in Central Iowa has had an irreversible impact and has given countless people a sense of hope and belonging. He leaves big shoes to fill with the wisdom he’s imparted during his years in the legislature, but we know he will continue to inspire and encourage all of us to create better communities for all.”  

“Ako’s is a dedicated public servant who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of everyone he comes in contact with. His work uplifting the voices of people in his community and building stronger, more connected and inclusive communities across Central Iowa has changed so many lives for the better,” said Al Womble, chair of the IDP Black Caucus. “Ako has inspired a whole new generation of leadership who is ready to step up and carry on his work. He can retire knowing his legacy will continue.”