Advocacy & Policy


Advocacy Toolkit

Here at the Urbandale Chamber, we believe businesses of all size have a voice, and we want to help those voices be heard. Therefore, we have compiled an Advocacy Toolkit filled with resources, references, and refreshers to help our members make the change they wish to see.

Important Resources

Elected Officials

Find Your State Legislators
Find out who represents you by simply typing in your address.

Find Your US Senator
Scroll through an alphabetical list of US senators to find yours.

Find Your US Representative
Enter your zipcode to find who represents you on the federal level.

Find Your City Council Representative Save & Add To Library

House & Senate Action

Live Debate
Listen to House and Senate debate live online. (Requires free download of Microsoft Media Player 9).

Daily House & Senate Calendars
Read the details of the scheduled activities in both the House & Senate.

Track House & Senate Action
Daily gavel-to-gavel record of actions in the House & Senate. Updated every 15 minutes.

Bill-Watching Tools

Check on a Bill (instantly updated)
Review all current actions on bills at this site, including amendments.

Set Up Your Own Bill Watch
Track the bills you’re interested in with this free bill tracker.

Voting and Elections

Register to Vote
Take the time a register to vote here (it’s easy!).

Additional Voter Information
Discover your precinct, request an absentee ballot, and more here.

Candidates for the 2019 Urbandale City Council Election

Matt Blake Bio

John Bouslog Bio

Rebecca Haroldson Bio

Larry McBurney Bio


Adam Obrecht Bio

Pat Pithan Bio

Legislature 101 Refresher Course

Get the basics with these Legislative Information Office publications:

Or visit the following links to see more on federal government information.

State Policy Agenda

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is an Affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and participates in policy discussions. The Partnership’s Government Policy Council develops priorities every year and works to gain support for those priorities from our state legislators and Governor. Throughout the session, the GPC hosts monthly briefings at the Statehouse to keep members up-to-date on the progress of our legislative priorities.

Federal Policy Agenda

Nearly 200 of the region’s business, civic and regional community leaders travel to Washington, D.C. each May to present The Partnership’s Federal Policy Agenda and promote regional priorities and economic development plans to Iowa’s Congressional delegation, the Administration and their staffs. While in the nation’s capital, participants advocate for key issues in Des Moines.

2019 Federal Agenda

For additional information on policy positions for the US Chamber of Commerce, click

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