Iowa Congressman Randy Feenstra announced this week he is committing to visiting each county in his district at least twice a year. Feenstra represents Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District which is comprised of 39 counties. In a statement to the press, the Congressman said the decision was rooted in his goal to be transparent, and accessible. The visits would also help him be a more effective voice for the district.
“I promised Iowans I would be transparent and accessible, and I will continue to fulfill that promise by touring businesses or holding meetings in all 39 counties in our district at least twice a year,” said Feenstra.
“I cannot deliver for Iowans without listening to their concerns and taking their thoughts and ideas directly to Washington. Visiting with farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, families, and students throughout the district will allow me to be an effective voice in the halls of Congress for all Iowans,” declared the Representative.
I just stopped by @NWICC & visited with students in their technical skills training programs.
One student told me they wanted to pursue pipe welding, but now they are not due to POTUS cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline. These decisions have real consequences for folks in #IA04. pic.twitter.com/8SoLvYWOa0
— Rep. Randy Feenstra (@RepFeenstra) February 12, 2021
Feenstra, who was elected in the fall of 2020 after defeating longtime incumbent Steve King, has already been hard at work on the effort. His office says the congressman has already been involved in tours and meetings in Buena Vista, Clay, Cherokee, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties.
I stopped in Estherville & Okoboji today to visit two solar panel sites run by Trusted Energy.
— Rep. Randy Feenstra (@RepFeenstra) March 26, 2021
At a recent stop in Pocahontas County, Rep. Feenstra was joined by Senator Joni Ernst where the two of them met with representatives from the Northwest Communications Cooperative Association (NCCA), as well as other local business leaders to discuss rural broadband and internet expansion in Iowa. The event was part of Feenstra’s 39 county tour. Ernst was visiting as part of her “Full Grassley” tour pledge.
“For Iowa’s small businesses, families, educators, rural health care providers, and rural communities, access to quality broadband and high-speed internet is essential in the modern world—a reality that has only been made clearer during this pandemic,” said Senator Ernst.
“Expanding access to reliable broadband, especially for Iowa’s rural communities, has been a longtime goal of mine, and I’m proud to be working on several different bills, including some that have been signed into law, to do exactly that. Today’s discussion with Congressman Feenstra and folks in Pocahontas County provided me with valuable information on areas we can continue working to expand access to dependable internet throughout Iowa,” explained Ernst, who is also a ranking member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy in the US Senate.
Today’s discussion with @RepFeenstra & folks in Pocahontas County provided me with valuable information on ways we can continue working to expand access to broadband across #Iowa—especially in our rural areas. Thanks to the leaders of @northwest_comm for having us! #99CountyTour pic.twitter.com/SqUQqZLGmj
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) March 31, 2021
“From precision farming to telemedicine and virtual working and learning, it has become imperative that every Iowan has access to quality, affordable internet services,” asserted Congressman Feenstra.
“I enjoyed meeting folks in Pocahontas County along with Senator Ernst to learn more about how we can continue to help advance this critical effort at the federal level. It is clear that broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. I look forward to working towards solutions that will close the digital divide for farmers, families, and businesses across the 4th District,” he concluded.
The congressman’s office has created a webpage for constituents to track his annual progress on the pledge. The website lists the locations of each stop or tour and in all instances so far, photos of the event by county.