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Sexton elected majority whip in Iowa House

He is taking a top leadership role in Republican caucus

State Rep. Mike Sexton, of Rockwell City, has been elected to one of the top four leadership positions in the Iowa House of Representatives.

He was chosen Wednesday by his fellow Republican representatives to be the House majority whip. He will be the top aide to House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, of Missouri Valley.

”It will be my responsibility to take care of the Republican caucus,” Sexton said Wednesday evening.

Making sure all of the Republican representatives are on the House floor for votes will be one of his basic responsibilities. He will also fill in for Windschitl when needed.

In his new role, he said he expects to spend a little more time in Des Moines each week that the Legislature is in session.

In the House majority party, the whip ranks below the majority leader, the speaker pro tem and the speaker. Historically, the majority and minority whips have been responsible for tallying votes to make sure their party has all the votes it needs to pass its legislation.

Sexton said he believes his leadership position will be beneficial to representing his House district because someone with a leadership role has more clout.

”It is good for House District 10 that the representative is part of leadership,” he said.

House District 10 includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties plus most of western Webster County.

He said he campaigned for the position by contacting all the House Republicans prior to Wednesday’s vote.

”I was very excited when I found out I won,” Sexton said.

He had previously served as an assistant majority leader.

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