Iowa State's New Lobbyist Has Close Ties

By: The AP Email
By: The AP Email

The Iowa Board of Regents says a spokesman for Regent Bruce Rastetter's investment business has been named the next lobbyist for Iowa State University.

The board announced Tuesday that Joe Murphy will become ISU's state relations officer.

Murphy has worked as public affairs director for Rastetter's firm, the Ames-based Summit Group, for more than a year.

Murphy served as Rastetter's spokesman during a complaint over whether he violated conflict of interest rules in pursuing a development in Tanzania with Iowa State, which was eventually dismissed. Rastetter is the board's no. 2 official and an ally of Governor Terry Branstad.

Murphy previously worked three years as the state relations officer for University of Northern Iowa.

Murphy replaces Ann McCarthy, who assumes a new role coordinating economic development policy for the board.

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