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Rhode Island Senator Plans Iowa Statehouse Visit

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A United States senator is coming to Iowa to advocate for action on climate change.

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island, has been a leader in efforts to combat climate change at the national level. He will visit the state Capitol on March 18 to extend his efforts to Iowa.

Democratic state Sen. Robert Hogg, of Cedar Rapids, invited Whitehouse to Des Moines, saying in a statement that climate change has been harmful to Iowa and that hearing Whitehouse's ideas would help the state.

Whitehouse's previous environmental action efforts have included co-founding a task force on climate change, organizing educational events in Rhode Island and delivering speeches on the topic on the Senate floor. His trip will include meetings with Iowa lawmakers and environmental activists.