State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines and several local lawmakers hosted the James Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute for a program titled “State of Iowa: Then and Now”December 2nd, 2015. The scholars toured the Capitol, including a rare book viewing in the State Law Library, heard presentations from legislators and were able to ask questions on the procedures of state government. The Scholars are a class of 16 metro high school students who are learning about James Jordan’s role in local history. Recent programs have focused on Jordan’s legislative career.
The Jordan Scholars Leadership Institute is sponsored by Kemin Industries, The City of West Des Moines, West Bank, Polk County, Patricia and Ed Berkley, Ruan Transportation and the West Des Moines Historical Society.