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I am of counsel with the BrownWinick Law firm.  I work with the Government Relations team to represent clients at the Iowa Legislature and executive branch agencies.  My entire career has revolved around the beauty of the written word Ð bills and amendments and the legislative process and application to solving problems for people and businesses.   After more than three decades entering the state Capitol, I am still amazed at the beauty of the building and the importance of the proceedings within it.

My Approach

As a Government Practice lawyer,  I believe in a collaborative approach - working with others who have similar policy concerns and with the great government practice group at BrownWinick.

More About Me

I received my B.A. in History at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.  Specializing in American History, taking as many classes as possible from one of Coe's professors who had written several books on President Herbert Hoover.  Received my J.D. with distinction in 1988 from the University of Iowa Law School.   My first job out of law school was with West Publishing Company annotating statutes.  In 1989 I took a job with the Iowa Legislature drafting bills and amendments and the rest is history.  In addition to government practice, I am the Director of the Drake University Law School's Legislative Practice Center.  I teach legislative classes and work with law student interns. 

Government Relations Legislative Update - Week Six

02-19-2024 Funnel week. Funnel week has come and gone and it was quite a week with 227 bills moving through Committees and 99 scheduled subcommittees. The purpose of the funnel is to “weed out” those bills that will not be given further consideration this session. The next major procedural deadline - the second funnel - is March 15. For a bill to be...
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Government Relations Legislative Update - Week Five

02-12-2024 The pace continued during week 5 with 164 bills scheduled for consideration in Committees and 165 scheduled for subcommittee discussions. Next week is funnel week - which means bills must be considered in a subcommittee and pass the Committee by next Friday. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. Although based on the large numbers of bills...
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Tia Calhoun



Coe College

B.A., History, 1984


University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 1988


Iowa, 1988

Memberships & Associations

  • Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Pioneer Lawmakers Association
    Honorary Member