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Iowa House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard stepping down

Todd Prichard
State Rep. Todd Prichard (D) Charles City

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- After serving as Iowa House Democratic leader for the last three legislative sessions, Rep. Todd Prichard is stepping down.

The Charles City representative says he decided to step aside after conversations with his family. Prichard is a small business owner, attorney and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. He was elected to his fifth term in the Iowa House last year and will serve out his term. Prichard did not indicate if he'll seek a sixth term in 2022.

"It’s been a great honor to serve as leader of the Iowa House Democrats the last three years. After conversations with my family, it’s time for me to step aside and allow a new member of our caucus to lead," Prichard said. "I know my caucus will continue to hold Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers accountable and fight for common sense, progressive values at the Statehouse."

House Democrats were disappointed in the November 2020 election when they lost six seats, falling from 47 seats to 41. Democrats had hoped to gain a majority in the chamber but instead saw Republicans increase their majority to 59 seats.

House Democrats will choose a new leader on June 14th.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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