That's changed though as he has grown older and now a state senator from Grinnell.
Ostmeyer lost a close friend to suicide and says he carries a soft place in his heart for the unborn, disabled veterans and those with mental illness.
The night's agenda was information on how the current financial crisis will affects those suffering from a serious or persistent mental illness.
The statewide mental health system has a budget of about $400 million.
However, officials say it appears to be a ``bleak outlook'' for the state's upcoming budget and revenue collection.