- Associated Press - Monday, October 19, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rep. John Kooiker (koy-KER’), an Iowa lawmaker elected to fill a seat left open by the death of Rep. Dwayne Alons, will not seek re-election in 2016.

Kooiker says in a statement released Monday that he wants to spend more time with his nine grandchildren.

Kooiker, a Republican from the northwest community of Boyden, was elected earlier this year in a special election following the November 2014 death of Alons. Kooiker represents a district that includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth.

During his time in the House, Kooiker served as vice chairman of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee. He also served on the Labor, Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs committees.

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