DES MOINES — Former Quad-City legislator Maggie Tinsman has been elected to lead the state panel that will oversee congressional and legislative district redistricting.

Tinsman, a Republican who served in the Iowa Legislature for 18 years, was the unanimous selection of the two Democrats and two Republicans on Temporary Redistricting Commission when it met Thursday in Des Moines.

After leaving the Iowa Senate, she launched a policy analysis and consultant firm specializing in advocating for early childhood education development, health and human services issues, and in promoting public service in elected politics for women.

The commission will meet again Feb. 25 and is expected to set a schedule for public hearings on the redistricting plan. Three hearings are required by law, but some commissioners called for four hearings — essentially one in each future congressional district.

“Because we are going from five districts to four, I think people will have real strong feelings on what that should look like,” Matt Paul of Des Moines said.

However, the commission won’t know the congressional district boundaries until after the hearings.

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Sioux City lawyer Lance Ehmcke called for a hearing in Council Bluffs where, he said, there has been some “real interesting development in terms of where the population is.”

For information on the redistricting process, visit


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