Iowa CPA Day at the Capitol | VIRTUAL SEMINAR

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Update as of 1/6/22: This event will be 100% virtual (via Zoom) from 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CST. Login information will be sent to attendees 2-3 days prior to the event.


  • Governmental

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All CPAs.


Each year, new state legislation has the potential to impact your day-to-day business and the CPA profession overall. Learn how the Iowa Society of CPAs and members advocate for you and present the CPAs’ collective voice for legislation that benefits the profession. You’ll gain a better understanding of how Iowa lawmakers evaluate bills and issues and hear from leading legislative guest speakers. This a great opportunity to connect with ISCPA’s legislative leaders volunteers and explore the many simple ways you can advocate for your business.



  • 9-9:05 a.m. | Welcome messages 
  • 9:05-9:45 a.m. | John Johnson, NASBA | National Legislative Outlook 
  • 9:45-9:50 a.m. | Break 
  • 9:50-10:10 a.m. | Justice Matt McDermott 
  • 10:10-10:15 a.m. | Break 
  • 10:15-11 a.m. | Chris Larimer, Professor of Political Science, UNI 
  • 11-11:05 a.m. | Break 
  • 11:05-11:35 a.m. | Legislator Panel:
    • Sen. Dan Dawson – Ways and Means Chair
    • Rep. Bobby Kaufmann – State Government Chair 
    • Brad Epperly - Moderator - Nyemaster Goode PC
  • 11:35-11:45 a.m. | Break 
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Robin Anderson, Chief Economist and Division Administration, Iowa Department of Revenue
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Brad Epperly

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Brad Epperly is an attorney at Nyemaster Goode PC in Des Moines. He is member of the firm’s governmental affairs department and represents clients as a lobbyist at the state capitol before the legislature, the Governor, and regulatory agencies. Brad serves as ISCPA’s lobbyist.

Brad’s work as legislative counsel involves a broad spectrum of public policy issues, including economic development, labor and employment issues, workers' compensation, gaming, and utilities. In addition, Brad also practices in the areas of creditors' rights, construction law, and general civil litigation. He represents Wells Fargo Bank and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Brad serves as general counsel for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, and represents contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Brad began his legal practice with a firm in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by employment as in-house counsel with Norwest Financial, and then as a shareholder with a West Des Moines law firm before joining Nyemaster Goode. Brad has been a regular speaker in the area of creditors' rights. He is a past board member for the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served on the board for the youth baseball program in West Des Moines.

Brad received his B.B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa in 1990 and his J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1993.

Bobby Kaufmann

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Rep. Bobby Kaufmann is the Iowa State Representative from the 73rd District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2013. Kaufmann grew up on his family’s farm in rural Wilton and is a graduate of Wilton High School. He attended Muscatine Community College. He went on to study business at the University of Iowa. Kaufmann is a crop and livestock farmer who also owns and operates a steel hauling, construction, and demolition business in Cedar County. Kaufmann is a member of the Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Cedar County Historical Society, Cedar County Soldiers Monument Association and a wide variety of service and volunteer organizations.

Robin Anderson

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Robin Anderson is a senior economist for Principal Global Investors. She works closely with the chief global economist to develop and disseminate macroeconomic strategy, not only for Principal Global Investors but Principal Financial Group® as a whole. In this role, Robin presents, writes commentary, assists in forecast development, and advises investment professionals on current economic trends and outlook. She also works closely with the Principal Portfolio Strategies team within Principal Global Investors. In that capacity, Robin develops macroeconomic and quantitative research to assist in asset allocation decisions.

Robin joined Principal Financial Group® in 2011.  Prior to that, she worked as an economist at the U.S. Census Bureau.  Robin received her Ph.D. in economics in 2008 from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Robin is a frequent speaker at events throughout the United States. She was one of two Principal Financial Group® employees selected to attend Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Conference in 2014.  Robin is frequently quoted in the financial news media including CNBC and Bloomberg.

John Johnson

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John Johnson is National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's (NASBA) director of legislative affairs. Before joining NASBA, Johnson served as director of governmental affairs of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), where he was a registered lobbyist. He was responsible for administering the FICPA's government relations program, which included serving as staff liaison to the Florida State Tax Section, the State Legislative Policy Committee, State and Local Government Section, and the Common Interest Realty Association Section. A graduate of Florida State University, with degrees in accounting and political science, Johnson became involved in government at a young age as an intern for former Florida State Senator Van B. Poole. Upon graduating from FSU, he began his career as an auditor for the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. He moved up through the ranks to tax audit supervisor, audit administrator, chief of operations, chief of audit, and, finally, deputy director in his 12 years with the DBPR. In 2002, he became executive director for the Florida Board of Accountancy and served for four years.

Chris Larimer

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Dr. Chris Larimer is a political science professor at the University of Northern Iowa and is KWWL Waterloo's political analyst. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. His research focuses on Iowa politics and political behavior. He has authored or co-authored books on Iowa governors, public policy theory, public administration theory, and several articles on voter turnout and public policy.

Matt McDermott

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Justice McDermott, West Des Moines, was appointed to the Supreme Court in April 2020.

Justice McDermott was born and raised in Carroll, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 2000 and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003, where he served as an editor of the California Law Review. Justice McDermott worked as an attorney in private practice until his appointment. He is a former member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and chair of its Judicial Administration Committee. He is past-president of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and received its highest honor, the Award of Merit, in 2013. Justice McDermott previously served on the United Way of Central Iowa’s Chair’s Cabinet and co-chaired its Tocqueville Society campaign. He received the United Way of Central Iowa's "Volunteer of the Year" award in 2017. Justice McDermott also previously served on the board of directors and as board president for Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa Lottery Authority, Polk County Homeless Continuum of Care Board, and Central Iowa Shelter & Services.

Dan Dawson

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Senator Dan Dawson, an Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, is the third generation from his family to reside and work in Council Bluffs. Senator Dawson and his wife, Chrystal, have two children: Alex and Madelyn.

Senator Dawson graduated in 2008 from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. He currently serves in the Iowa Army National Guard, where he earned his current rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three. He has honorably served his country for the past 22 years, mobilizing four times with deployments to Kosovo, Iraq, and twice to Afghanistan.

Following in his father’s footsteps to serve as a law enforcement officer in Council Bluffs, Senator Dawson worked in the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Council Bluffs Police Department. He is currently a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, where he works in the Major Crimes Unit.

Senator Dawson is a member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church of Council Bluffs, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has also served as a director in the state police union.

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