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Watts Earns Small-Business Endorsement

Sept. 5, 2012 - The political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business/Iowa, the state's leading small-business advocacy group, today announced its public endorsement of State Representative Ralph Watts in his bid for re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in the 19th District.

Watts is seeking re-election and has earned a 100% NFIB Voting Record for voting in support of key small-business issues that have come before the legislature during the 84th General Assembly.

"Rep. Watts has been a strong and consistent supporter of small-business issues during his time in the legislature.  He has earned a 100% rating for voting in accordance with NFIB positions on key votes in the most recent legislative session," said Kristin Kunert, state director of the Iowa chapter of the NFIB.  "He has more than demonstrated his appreciation for small-business issues and is a reliable friend in the legislature."

"I'm proud to have a 100% voting record with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)," stated Watts.  "I keep a watchful eye out for small business issues and it's an honor to be recognized for that work."
Iowa Farm Bureau Designates Watts "Friend of Agriculture"

September 2012 - Ralph Watts of Adel has been designated a "Friend of Agriculture" by the Iowa Farm Bureau PAC.  Watts is seeking re-election to the Iowa House in District 19. 

"Our organization takes these designations very seriously, and carefully considers each race," said Rod Collins, IFBF PAC Committee Chair and a farmer from Dallas County.  "We looked objectively at each race and how candidates stand on Farm Bureau policy," Collins said.  "It's very important that our designations are guided by statewide grassroots input and how each candidate's voting record and positions line up with Farm Bureau policy.  As we move forward, it will be important for all of us to work to get the Friends of Agriculture elected," he said.  "We need to stand behind the candidates who are aligned with our policy."

The grassroots effort to designate Friends of Agriculture is guided by members and began in July when county committees evaluated candidates.  An unprecedented 98 County Farm Bureau Campaign 2012 Committees submitted candidate evaluations this year.  The nine-member PAC committee carefully reviews those evaluations, while also considering candidates positions on issues of importance to members, leadership on Farm Bureau priorities and past voting records.
Ralph and Sandy with their granddaughter, Megan, at the 2012 Iowa High School Cheerleading Championship on November 3rd.  Megan's squad was awarded 5th place!!!  The Watts family is very proud of her!!!!! 
Rep. Watts Sworn in to the Iowa House

(DES MOINES)— Rep. Ralph Watts (R-Adel) is seen here signing his oath of office in the Iowa House chamber as the 85th General Assembly kicked off Monday at the Capitol. 

During the session, Watts can be reached at ralph.watts@legis.iowa.gov or through the House switchboard at (515) 281-3221.

The swearing in ceremony of all 100 state representatives begins a week full of ceremonies, including the condition of the state address by the governor, and the condition of the judiciary address by the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice.  A full slate of committee work begins as well, as bills begin the process it takes to get them to the House floor for full debate.

The legislative session is slated to last 110 days, ending May 3.

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