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Rep. Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, speaks to the Iowa House of Representatives as she resigns her passion as the Speaker of the House on the first day of the 2020 legislative session on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.  (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register)

Former Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced Thursday she had been appointed to serve on the advisory committee for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the U.S. agency that finances the export of American goods and services. 

Upmeyer, who stepped down from her top legislative role ahead of the 2020 session and announced she would not seek re-election to her seat in November, was among the 17 members appointed to the committee this week. Her term will run through September of next year. 

“I was chosen to represent agriculture, which as we all know, is vital to Iowa, our economy, and our future,” she said in a news release. “My hope is to increase opportunities for agricultural exports, and especially Iowa, to other countries so we can continue to feed and fuel the world.” 

Upmeyer, 68, was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002. The Clear Lake Republican was the first woman in Iowa history to be elected House speaker in 2015 and served in the role for four years.

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In September 2019, she announced she would resign from her role to spend more time with her family and would not run again when her term ended in 2020.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States Advisory Committee meets four times per year and advises the agency on its programs and the level of financing it provides to support exports. The committee includes representatives of the environment, production, commerce, finance, agriculture, labor, services, state government and textile industry sectors. 

Ian Richardson covers the Iowa Statehouse for the Des Moines Register. Reach him at [email protected], at 515-284-8254, or on Twitter at @DMRIanR.

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