Iowa Rep. Todd Prichard steps down as House minority leader

House Minority Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City addresses reporters at the Statehouse on Jan. 7, 2020,, with (from right) Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines, Senate President Charles Schneider, and House Speaker-select Pat Grassley. (Photo by Perry Beeman)

Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, announced Wednesday he will step down as the House minority leader after three legislative sessions in the position.

“After conversations with my family, it’s time for me to step aside and allow a new member of our caucus to lead,” Prichard said in a Wednesday news release. “I know my caucus will continue to hold Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers accountable and fight for common sense, progressive values at the Statehouse.”

Prichard is serving his fifth term in the House after first winning the seat in 2012. He plans to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in 2022. Outside of his legislative duties, Prichard is an attorney and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves.

Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, thanked Prichard for his “service and leadership” in a statement.

“Despite a difficult legislative session puppeteered by conservative special interests, Rep. Prichard demonstrated steady leadership, fought to hold the Republicans accountable, and presented a vision of an Iowa that works for all hard-working people, not just the special interests dominating the Legislature,” Wahls said.

House Democrats will vote for a new minority leader on June 14.

Katie Akin
Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.