IRFA PAC Honors Iowa Legislators with ‘Champion of Renewable Fuels’ Awards

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IRFA PAC Recognizes State Legislators Based on Voting Record and Biofuels Leadership

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) PAC announced 19 state legislators have been designated as “Champions of Renewable Fuels.”  The IRFA PAC Board awarded state legislators seeking reelection who maintained a clear voting record supporting renewable fuels and displayed leadership for renewable fuels in the Iowa Legislature. This is the fourth election cycle the IRFA PAC has given such recognition.

“The IRFA PAC is proud to support these state legislators who have been consistent leaders and supporters of important renewable fuels issues,” stated IRFA PAC Treasurer Denny Mauser. “These ‘Champions of Renewable Fuels’ helped grow Iowa’s leadership in renewable fuels production and use by working tirelessly to strengthen Iowa’s economy, air quality and rural communities by improving opportunities for ethanol and biodiesel.”

Recipients of the 2016 “Champion of Renewable Fuels” awards are:

Iowa Senators:
Sen. Michael Breitbach SD 28
Sen. Mark Costello SD 12
Sen. Tom Courtney SD 44
Sen. Jeff Danielson SD 30
Sen. Randy Feenstra SD 2
Sen. Mike Gronstal SD 8
Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm SD 26
Sen. Dan Zumbach SD 48


Iowa Representatives:
Rep. Pat Grassley HD 50
Rep. Chris Hagenow HD 43
Rep. Lisa Heddens HD 46
Rep. Lee Hein HD 96
Rep. Dave Jacoby HD 74
Rep. Megan Jones HD 2
Rep. Jim Lykam HD 89
Rep. Todd Prichard HD 52
Rep. Dave Sieck HD 23
Rep. Mark Smith HD 71
Rep. Linda Upmeyer HD 54


According to a recent IRFA study, Iowa’s renewable fuels industry accounts for more than $4.6 billion of Iowa GDP, generates $2.3 billion in income for Iowa households and supports more than 43,000 jobs throughout all sectors of the Iowa economy.

Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually, including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity.  In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce more than 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry.  The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.


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