National Press Club

Drawn Out: How Iowa Got Redistricting Right

Drawn Out: How Iowa Got Redistricting Right

September 18, 2018 2:30 PM

Location: First Amendment Lounge

Learn more about Iowa’s redistricting process, its history and how it has risen to prominence during Drawn Out: How Iowa Got Redistricting Right, an event hosted by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement and The Cook Political Report. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 18, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the First Amendment Lounge.

Background: In 1971, Jean Lloyd-Jones and the Iowa League of Women Voters joined other organizations in challenging Iowa’s redistricting plan, arguing it placed too much emphasis on protecting incumbents.

The Iowa Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to develop a new plan, and in 1980, state lawmakers implemented what has become one of the most respected methods of redistricting today. At a time when policymakers across the country are struggling with how to draw representative boundaries, Iowa’s nonpartisan process for drawing Congressional and legislative districts has repeatedly been looked at as a model.

Event Details: Drawn Out: How Iowa Got Redistricting Right
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C., 20045
When: Tuesday, September 18 – doors open at 2:10 p.m., program begins at 2:30 and will include audience Q&A.

• Amy Walter, national editor for The Cook Political Report
• Jean Lloyd-Jones, past president of the Iowa League of Women Voters, whose lawsuit led to Iowa’s current nonpartisan process
• Ed Cook, Iowa Legislative Services Agency attorney who oversees the state’s redistricting process
• Kay Henderson, news director for Radio Iowa and longtime reporter covering the Iowa Statehouse
• Joe O’Hern former chief clerk of the Iowa House was responsible for research support for the initial legislation and involved in three of four redistricting plans done under the Iowa model
• David Yepsen (moderator), host of Iowa Press on IPTV and former political reporter at The Des Moines Register, where he covered government and politics for 34 years.

Contact: Emily Schettler

Communications Strategist
The Harkin Institute