Son of Flansburg

James Flansberg was the long-time political columnist and editor of The Des Moines Register before David Yepsen took over that role.  His son, James Flansburg, has signed on to be Governor Culver’s communications director.  Read the news release below.

DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver today named veteran communications expert James Flansburg as Communications Director for the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor.
“I am pleased to welcome James Flansburg to the Governor’s Office,” said Governor Culver.  “Jim’s years of experience as a reporter and in communications will make him an invaluable part of my team in the coming months. I want to thank him for making this commitment to our state, and I look forward to working with him in the months and years to come.”
James Flansburg most recently served as Director of Communications for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, where he oversaw the communications and messaging for the organization. Flansburg is no stranger to the Iowa media, having worked for the Ames Tribune, the Quad City Times, and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. In recent years, he has worked in communications consulting, as a professor of journalism, and previous to his current role, as News Director for KDSM-TV. Flansburg is a native of Des Moines, and lives in Clive. 
Leaving the Governor’s Office Communication Department are Erin Seidler and Troy Price. Seidler joined the Administration last year as Communications Director after serving at the Department of Economic Development. Seidler leaves to return to her graduate studies.
“I want to thank Governor Culver and Lt. Governor Judge for this opportunity,” Seidler said. “I am proud to have been a part of the Culver/Judge team during this successful legislative session, and I am confident this administration will continue to move Iowa forward.”
Price is leaving to join the staff of One Iowa, the state’s largest civil rights organization for gays and lesbians, as their political director. 
“Working for Governor Culver and Lt. Governor Judge has been one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Price said. “While leaving is bittersweet, I remain confident that the Governor and Lt. Governor will be victorious this fall, and look forward to continuing to support their work as they move Iowa forward.”

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. Cherann Davidson says

    You might want to check the name spelling. GEEZ!!