Iowa Policy Perspectives
Kate WaltonPolicy Director, Office of Governor Chet Culver
Kate Walton serves as the Policy Director for Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge. She joined the Governor’s staff in April of 2008, serving as a policy advisor on Health and Human Services issues as well as the Governor’s Office Liaison to the Iowa Senate. She was named Policy Director in August of 2009. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Ms. Walton worked as the Legislative Liaison to the Department of Human Services, Vice President of Government and Public Relations at Orchard Place and did consulting work on a number of projects, including the American Medical Association’s Voice for the Uninsured campaign. Her work experience also includes time with the national Democratic Party in Washington, DC, and as a staff member for Senator Tom Harkin.
Carmine BoalPolicy Director, Governor Branstad 2010
Carmine Boal is currently serving as Policy Director for the Governor Branstad 2010 campaign. Carmine served in the Iowa General Assembly from 1998 to 2008 and on the Ankeny School Board. Most recently she was the Program and Development Director for the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education.
Jack HatchIowa State Senator
Senator Jack Hatch is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate. In June 2009, he was appointed Chair of the White House Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform. He will lead state legislators who are health reform experts from around the country in advising the President on national proposals for health reform. Senator Hatch is an Assistant Majority Leader and chair of the Health & Human Services Budget Subcommittee. He also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, State Government, Labor & Business Relations, and Appropriations committees. He is committed to affordable, quality health care for all Iowans. Since 2007, he has led the Legislature’s comprehensive health care reform effort including a commitment to health care coverage for all Iowa children by 2011. He has received several awards for his work in championing children’s issues, including the 2007 Outstanding Leadership Award by the Polk County Medical Society. Senator Hatch holds BA and MPA degrees from Drake University.
Linda UpmeyerIowa State Representative
Rep. Linda Upmeyer is completing her fourth term as Iowa State Representative for HD 12. She also works as a Nurse Practitioner, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa. Upmeyer is the House Minority Whip. Her committee assignments include Human Resources, Legislative Council, and Natural Resources. She also serves on the Economic Development Commission, and works on the Health Reform Commission and on Health IT issues. Nationally, she is on the Board of Directors and as the Public Sector Chair of the Health and Human Resources Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). She is a member of the Health Information Technology Champions in the National Council of State Legislators. Upmeyer received her ADN from North Iowa Area Community College, her BSN from the University of Iowa, and her MSN, FNP from Drake University. She is a Toll Fellow, and an Emerging Political Leader at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.