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Feenstra drops committee chairmanship, focuses on King race

June 12, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican state senator who is challenging U.S. Rep. Steve King for the GOP nomination in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District says he’s stepping down as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Sen. Randy Feenstra said Wednesday he wants to spend more time on his congressional campaign.

The committee has been at the center of significant tax legislation since Republicans regained the majority in 2016. Feenstra says he’s asked to be involved next year in drafting tax policy, just not as committee chairman.

He’s in his third Senate term.

Feenstra, a former candy company sales manager, is among several people expected to seek the GOP nomination. He opposes abortion rights, supports expansion of gun rights and backs voter identification efforts.

King’s son Jeff King has called Feenstra’s run misguided political opportunism.

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