A member of the Iowa Air National Guard and a deputy sheriff who also are members of the Iowa legislature are this year’s recipients of the “uncommon public service” award from the Herbert Hoover Foundation. Representative Royd Chambers, a Republican from Sheldon, found out he’d won the award early Monday afternoon when an announcement was made in the Iowa House.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capuncommon1.mp3|titles=capuncommon1]
Chambers, a retired Air Force veteran, is a master sergeant at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City. Chambers was first elected to the House in 2002 and missed the 2009 legislative session when he was deployed to Kyrgyzstan. Chambers says he has taken one of Herbert Hoover’s quotes to heart.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capuncommon2.mp3|titles=capuncommon2]
This year’s “uncommon public service” award in the state senate when to Steve Sodders, a Democrat from State Center who was honored for his work as a state senator, a deputy sheriff and a volunteer fire fighter.