REPORT FROM STEVE SCHEFFLER
IOWA GOP NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN
Greetings! I promise to keep this brief, as I know that this is an especially busy time of the year. First, I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a 2019 Happy New Year!! Christmas is my favorite season of the year because it is a vivid reminder of the birth of Jesus Christ and the sharing and good times that we have with our loved ones and friends. As we witness the crazy times that we are living in, remembering the birth of Christ and then His death and resurrection, is so crucial. Knowing that there is hope and redemption is comforting and refreshing.
Next, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all of your hard work and sacrifice on behalf of the Republican Party and all of our wonderful candidates in this election cycle. Yes, there were some disappointments, but then there were some great victories as well. When we consider the challenging election cycle that we faced, I know that we have much to be proud of. The re-election of Governor Reynolds was huge! The radical Far Left and Fred Hubbell spent millions to defeat our wonderful governor. Having signed the Heartbeat Bill, she had a huge target on her back. Thankfully, they did not succeed. Secretary of State Paul Pate also had a huge target on his back, having pushed to get Voter ID approved and implemented. Again, the Far Left, who are bent on stealing elections, did not succeed!
We want to extend our warm round of appreciation for the selfless and distinguished service of Congressmen Rod Blum and David Young, and State Auditor Mary Mosiman. Sadly, they were not re-elected, but we know that each of them are not finished serving Iowans. We also want to congratulate Sec. of Ag. Mike Naig for his victory. In addition, we need to thank Jeremy Davis for stepping up and running for State Treasurer. He made us proud and made a good strong performance at the polls.
Last, but not least, we want to thank all of our wonderful candidates who ran for the State Legislature. Picking up 3 Senate seats and losing only a handful of House seats was a big win in this challenging election environment. Keeping the majorities, along with Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg, allows us to continue moving Iowa forward! We also need to thank all of those who stepped forward to run for county office!
Our next GOP State Central Committee is this coming Saturday, December 8th. I am honored to work with the best—State Chairman Jeff Kaufmann, Co-Chair Cody Hofert, National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, and the 16 members of the State Central Committee. You are welcome to sit in on the meeting. The full committee goes into session at 10 am at RPI Headquarters, 621 East 9TH Street, Des Moines. I serve on the Organization Committee and look forward to working with Chairman Jennifer Smith (1st District/Dubuque) and the other members of the committee.
The Winter RNC Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 22-25. We will be electing and/or re-electing the 4 officers of the RNC—Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer. I am enthusiastically supporting Ronna McDaniel for re-election as Chair. She has done a phenomenal job the last 2 years, raising the money needed to implement the most sophisticated and effective ground operation ever! President Trump has asked her to serve another term, as he gears up his 2020 re-election bid.
I continue to serve you as Iowa’s representative on the Rules Committee! My sworn duty is to protect Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. I have fought hard for you. The good news is that our status has been protected for the 2020 election cycle! I am serving as one of 2 Vice Chairs for the Midwest Region, which gives me a seat on the Executive Committee. I am running for re-election to this post at our Winter RNC Meeting.
Here is a special item you might want to take note of: The 2020 Republican National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 24-27. Iowa will have a larger pool of delegates in 2020 than we had in 2016. I will communicate in my next email the exact number of delegates and alternate delegates that Iowa will be allotted and why we will see this nice uptick in our delegation count.
Well, I promised that I would keep this short, so will sign off now.
Again, a huge thank you to each of you for all of your hard work on behalf of the Grand Old Party and our candidates! And, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I appreciate you more than you will ever know!
Republican National Committeeman for Iowa ...