HULL—State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) announced on Wednesday his decision to step down as chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee to allocate more time to his run for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District seat.

“Since regaining the majority in 2016, the Ways and Means Committee has produced significant pro-growth, pro-taxpayer reforms under my leadership. From income tax reform to property tax reform, this committee has protected the taxpayer, rewarded work, and encouraged investment,” Feenstra said. “Additionally, I worked productively with the House, Senate and Governor Reynolds to see policy ideas become results for Iowa.

“The income tax reform bill in 2018 was the largest income tax cut in Iowa history. It also significantly reduced the complexity of the tax code, providing simplicity and certainty for Iowa job creators,” Feenstra continued. “I have spoken with Senator Whitver about my desire to be engaged on tax reform efforts in 2020 and he has assured me I will retain a key policy role as our caucus continues to implement pro-growth tax reforms.”

Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) is the Senate majority leader.

“Senator Feenstra has had the most productive back-to-back sessions of any Ways and Means Chair,” Whitver said. “I look forward to working with him on additional income tax reforms in 2020 to reduce the tax burden on Iowa’s families, farmers, and businesses.”

Feenstra announced in January his plans to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020.

The state’s 4th Congressional District covers 39 counties, including Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties.

Steve King, a Republican from Kiron, is seeking his 10th term in Congress.

Feenstra is serving his third four-year term as a state senator. His district covers Cherokee, O’Brien and Sioux counties and a part of Plymouth County.