Alex Salisbury ’19

Alex is a history and political science major from Iowa City, Iowa.


Ringgenberg Fellow in Legislative Affairs

Iowa State Senate Democratic Research Staff | Des Moines, Iowa

Week 9:
Debate, Debate, Debate, Presidential Candidate, Debate


March 14, 2019 | Hello again! This was the first week in the State Senate of full floor debate. Last week came and went and with it, the deadline to pass bills out of committees and subcommittees has come and gone. That week is known as “funnel week” as all the bills must be passed so a funnel is […]

Week 8:
More Bills, More Events and More Candidates


March 4, 2019 | Hello again from the Iowa State Capitol! Another week working for the Senate Democrats Research Staff has brought about both excitement and a trip to learn about issues plaguing Iowans. The week started off with the Industrial Hemp bill I have mentioned before being passed out of subcommittee, on a unanimous vote. I recorded the […]

Week 7:
Bills, Radio, and Presidential Candidates


February 24, 2019 | Hello again from, the Iowa State Capitol! Another week of legislating has gone by which has kept me busy and working here at the State Senate Democrats Research Staff. After the deadline to submit bills passed last week, the Senate shifted into having some of the first bills of session being brought up in subcommittees […]

Week 6:
Time for the Bills (the good kind)


February 16, 2019 | Another week in the State Senate, another wrap up of my events and communications internship. This week at the Senate was the final week to file a bill with the deadline being Thursday. To say it was hectic was an understatement, thankfully (unlike some of my friends) I was not one of the Senators’ clerks […]

Week 5:
Radio and Roadshows


February 11, 2019 | My week in the State Senate started out as the last one ended, event planning for the Senators. This weekend will be the listening posts I organized and planned for Senator Wahls in his district that will hopefully foster conversations and allow issues that are important to voters to be addressed. As a new Senator […]

Week 4:
Events, Events, and more Events


February 2, 2019 | My 4th week at the State Capitol started off right where my work from last week left off. With Senator Wahls’ trip finalized, I was tasked with more trips to coordinate (as there is always more work to do). As nothing is public yet, I can’t say who is going where but this is a larger […]

Week 3:
Media Relations and the Start of Caucus Season


January 26, 2019 | My third week in the State Senate started out with the continuation of planning a multi event trip for one of our senators, State Senator Zach Wahls of Coralville. He is having 7 events in 2 days in his district and after coordinating with venues we were able to make a schedule. Next, I had […]

Week 2:
Session Begins


January 19, 2019 | Hello, again. This is Alex Salisbury interning at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines for the Iowa State Senate Democrats Research Staff. Session is underway in Des Moines and with both the House and Senate swearing in on Monday and immediately getting to work on this year’s legislative slate. For me and the other […]

Week 1:
Orientation at the State Capitol


January 12, 2019 | Hello, my name is Alex Salisbury I am a senior at Cornell majoring in Politics and History. I am currently a full time intern for the Iowa State Democrats Research Staff at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. The Senate Democrats Research Staff also known as the Senate Caucus Staff are a group […]