The Election is Over: Here’s the Most Important Thing You Can Do Now

December 11, 2020 | Holiday giving spirit Steven M. Bradford, ABI Chair, HNI Corporation, Muscatine,

This month's edition of Business Record Iowa focuses on unique holiday gifts that ABI members give to others. The cover story is a fun and thoughtful read, and I hope you will let us know what unique gifts you give or have received.

In the meantime, be assured that the November election was important to ABI. Not because of who is or is not in control of the Iowa General Assembly or the U.S. Congress, but because it marks the end of the campaign season. Now, we know who our elected officials are and we can work with them to improve our state.

With the election behind us, the single most important thing you can do is to reach out to your legislative and congressional delegations. Get your elected officials into your plant or office. Show them what you do and explain the impact of their decisions on your business.

Next, be sure and attend the 2021 ABI Legislative Reception. This annual event is one of ABI's most popular events. Because of your participation, it draws more Iowa legislators (of both parties) than any similar event. Your local legislators will enjoy this opportunity to visit with you and your fellow Iowa business leaders in a relaxed and informal setting.

As always, all 150 legislators (many of whom are newly elected) and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg have been invited to join you at the reception. Find more information at

Speaking of events, remember to mark your calendars now for ABI's biggest annual event, the annual conference. The 2021 ABI Taking Care of Business Conference will be terrific, and you do not want to miss it. I look forward to seeing you in Iowa City/Coralville in June.