|Iowa General Assembly|
New session started
|January 14, 2013|
President pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution|
|Salary||$25,000/year + per diem|
|November 4, 2014
|November 1, 2018
|Redistricting||Legislative Service Agency with legislative approval|
|State Senate Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
|Iowa General Assembly|
The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly. There are 50 seats in the Iowa Senate, representing 50 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 60,927 per constituency, as of the 2010 United States Census[update]. Each Senate district is composed of two House districts. The Senate meets at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
The President of the Senate presides over the body, whose powers include referring bills to committee, recognizing members during debate, and making procedural rulings. Unlike the more powerful Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, the Senate President cannot appoint committee chairmanships or shuffle committee memberships. Since the passage of an amendment to the Iowa Constitution by state voters in 1988 and made effective in 1991, the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa has no presiding role over the Senate, and instead has had its powers transferred to taking duties designated by the Governor of Iowa. The other partisan Senate leadership positions, such as the Majority and Minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses to head their parties in the chamber.
The President of the Senate is Democrat Pam Jochum of the 50th District. The Majority Leader is Democrat Michael Gronstal of the 8th District. The Minority Leader is Republican Bill Dix of the 25th District.
|President of the Senate||Pam Jochum||Democratic||4|
|Majority Leader||Michael Gronstal||Democratic||50|
|Minority Leader||Bill Dix||Republican||25|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||26||23||49||1|
|October 2, 2013||26||23||49||1|
|Latest voting share||53%||47%|
Past notable members
- Steve King, current U.S. House Representative, 2003 to present.
- Samuel J. Kirkwood, two time Governor of Iowa (1860–1864), (1876–1877); two time U.S. Senator (1866–1867), (1877–1881); U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1881–1882).
- Tom Vilsack, Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007, briefly Democratic candidate for the President of the United States in 2006, and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
- George A. Wilson, Governor of Iowa from 1939 to 1943.
- George G. Wright, U.S. Senator from 1871 to 1877.
- Patty Judge, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture from 1999 to 2007, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 2007 to 2011
- Deeth, John (2012-08-19). "District Of The Day 3: Iowa Senate District 49, Iowa House District 97 & 98". John Deeth Blog. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- Deeth, John (2012-10-15). "Win or lose, Ward's death mean special election". John Deeth Blog. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- Iowa Legislative Services Agency (2011-03-31). "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "The Three Branches of Government". Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- "The Drafting of Iowa's Constitution". Steven Cross, Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- Republican Kent Sorenson (District 13) resigned. 
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