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Lykam Not Running for Re-election

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Iowa State Senator Jim Lykam

State Senator Jim Lykam will not run for re-election. The Davenport Democrat made the announcement Friday morning.

He's served a total of 22 years in the Iowa House and Senate. Lykam was first elected to the House in 2002, and served there until 2016 when he won a special election to the state senate. He won a full term in 2018.

Lykam says he helped pass legislation to crack down on puppy mills, helped create the Resource Enhancement and Protection Fund known as REAP, supported the legalization of riverboat gambling in Iowa, and helped pass bills to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient.

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A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.