Shaw will retire from Iowa House

State Rep. Tom Shaw said Tuesday that he will not seek a third term in the Iowa House of Representatives.

”I just want to have more time with my family,” the Republican from Laurens said.

He added that he wanted to be a ”citizen legislator” who served for a few years and then left the House.

”I never meant for it to be a career or a stepping-stone,” Shaw said.

He represents House District 10, which includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties, plus western Webster County. He was first elected in 2010.

The lawmaker said he’s most proud of his pro-life record. He introduced a measure, which never advanced out of a House committee, which he said provides ”protection for all innocent life.” He said even if the bill never passes, he’ll consider it a success because it forced people to think about the sanctity of life.

He said that this year he will reintroduce a bill which would enable anyone who can legally carry a gun to do so without applying for a permit from the government. Shaw calls this concept ”constitutional carry.”

Shaw and state Rep. Rob Bacon, R-Slater, were involved in a short-lived attempt last year to strip Des Moines Area Community College of state funding on the grounds that the Ankeny-based school used taxpayer money to send students to the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.

”We just believe that is not the proper use of taxpayer money,” Shaw said at the time.

On a less controversial matter, Shaw played a leading role in securing state money to pay for closing old agricultural drainage wells. There are many of them in his House district.

He also worked to ensure House passage of a measure written by state Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, which provided Rockwell City with the correct amount of road use tax money after a census mistake caused the community to be shortchanged.

Shaw said he will continue to work as a Laurens police officer after his term in the House expires at the end of this year.

No Republicans or Democrats have entered the race to replace him yet.