Crossroads – Des Moines

a civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

An Uphill Climb: Legislative Expectations for 2018




District 18 – Des Moines


NOVEMBER 17, 2017

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

Opening day of the next Legislative Session is just two months away. With so much devastating legislation passed in 2017, what could possibly be left for 2018? Plenty, is the short answer. Senator Janet Petersen, newly elected Democratic Leader of the Senate, will join us to share what she expects from the 2018 Session and the challenges we will face.

Janet Petersen is the newly elected Democratic leader of the Iowa Senate. She is in her second term in the Iowa Senate after serving six terms in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing Senate District 18 in northwest Des Moines. Throughout her tenure, Senator Petersen has served on a variety of committees, most recently as the ranking member on the Commerce Committee. She also serves on the Government Oversight, Judiciary, State Government, and Ways & Means committees.

Senator Petersen has lived in northwest Des Moines most of her life. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Communications and earned a master’s degree in Integrated Communications from Drake University. In 2008, she founded a nonprofit organization with four other central Iowa women called Healthy Birth Day. The organization, best known for its Count the Kicks campaign, is devoted to preventing stillbirths and improving birth outcomes. Senator Petersen and her husband, Brian Pattinson, have three children.

Please email or call 515.279.8715. If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, payment for your reservation is appreciated if you do not cancel by the Tuesday deadline.

This venue has a hearing loop and those with telecoils may use them.


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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.