Sioux City: Born & Raised
Chris Hall is serving his fourth term in the Iowa House. Outside of the legislature, Chris works as the Grants Coordinator at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Chris was born and raised in Sioux City and graduated from North High School as valedictorian. He then stayed in Iowa to receive his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College. Hall is the youngest of four children and was raised with a strong belief in public service. For Chris, being a good neighbor means giving back to the community.
In the legislature, Chris serves as Ranking Member of the Appropriations committee. He also serves on the Commerce and Agriculture committees. In 2014, Hall was appointed to House Leadership. He has championed economic development issues in northwest Iowa, anti-bullying legislation, and has a strong record of bipartisanship.
Hall attends First Presbyterian Church in downtown Sioux City. He is a member of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and Sioux City Growth Organization. In 2011, he was nominated for the Ripple Award, recognizing young professionals that have made a positive impact in their community. One year later, Hall was awarded the Citizens Lifesaver Award by Sioux City Fire Rescue for actions that "potentially saved lives during a fire at an apartment complex." In his free time, Chris can be found cycling, fishing, and working on his BBQ pitmaster credentials.
Working Across the Aisle
In his first term as State Representative, Hall was chosen by colleagues to lead bi-partisan negotiations on the Economic Development budget. In this role, he helped create the new High Quality Jobs program and secure economic development funds for Sioux City.
In his second term, Hall authored the 5 year extension of the Targeted Jobs program. It is responsible for more than 2,300 jobs and $420 million in private investment in Sioux City, locating jobs in Iowa rather than South Dakota or Nebraska. The average wage for those jobs is $26.37 per hour.
During his third term, Hall was chosen to coordinate budget messaging and debate strategy as the lead Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. He has continued the effort in his fourth term, shaping the state's debate over fiscal discipline, economic justice, and an assurance that working families and Iowa taxpayers receive priority in budget-making.