(Des Moines, IA) -- State Senator Zach Wahls issued his first public statement after being removed as the Iowa Senate Democratic Leader.
In a social media post on Medium Monday, Wahls wrote:
"I am no longer Leader because I made the difficult decision to fire two longtime senate staffers who did not share my vision for change while restructuring our staff. My Senate Democratic colleagues disagreed with my decision. There is always a resistance to change and new ideas, and I stand by the decision because Iowa Democrats desperately need a new direction and leaders who will chart that course."
The Johnson County Senator wished success to the chamber's new top Democrat--Dubuque County Senator Pam Jochum.
"Her success is vital to the wellbeing and betterment of our state," said Wahls. "I will continue working hard everyday to serve my constituents, help Leader Jochum and the Iowa Senate Democrats, and elect more Democrats in Iowa."
Wahls tweeted a link to his statement Monday.
The next Iowa Legislative Session will convene January 8, 2024.