“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you to House Democrats who have given me this opportunity to serve as your leader.
“Last week, I celebrated living on this earth for 62 years and all of those 62 years have been in Iowa.
“This is the land that my ancestors selected. Earhart Lentz, from whom I descend, founded the Decatur County town of Woodland, which is in Representative Fry’s district. Another ancestor, David Newton Danner, placed his wife and children on a ferry crossing the Mississippi River and then began to swim his horses across the river. They wouldn’t move until he swam out in front of them, so he swam the Mississippi, with his horses following, to come to this great state.