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Iowa lawmaker closes chapter on bringing newborn to work

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa lawmaker has closed an unusual chapter in her work life of regularly bringing along her newborn baby to the state Capitol.
   Rep. Megan Jones, a Republican from Sioux Rapids, started bringing her daughter, Alma, to the statehouse just a few weeks after giving birth on Jan. 24.
   Alma was often spotted snoozing on her mother or observing legislative action from a portable bassinet in the Iowa House of Representatives. Jones announced last week that Alma is now headed to her next adventure: day care.
   Jones says her decision to bring Alma to work was driven by necessity. Alma wasn't initially old enough for day care, and Jones wanted to represent her constituents during Iowa's relatively short legislative session.
   Experts say as more women run for office, expectations will shift on how politicians should balance their family lives.

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