List of current members of the Iowa Senate
The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly, the state legislature of Iowa. One senator is elected from each of the state's 50 electoral districts, with each Senate district containing two House of Representatives districts. The 2013-15 term is part of the 85th General Assembly. As of January 13, 2012[update], 26 of those seats are held by Democrats and 24 by Republicans. The presiding officer is the President of the Senate, who is chosen by the majority party and elected by the Senate. In addition, senators elect a President Pro Tempore, chosen in the same manner as the President, and the respective party caucuses elect a majority and minority leader, a majority and minority whip, and assistant party leaders.
Senators serve for four-year terms and are elected in even-numbered years, with half of the Senate elected every two years in the general election on election day, as part of the presidential and midterm elections. In 2012, 51 senators were elected, as redistricting left the 49th district without an incumbent senator. This meant that the 49th district was included in the general assembly alongside the regularly scheduled even-numbered districts. Newly elected senators are sworn in and begin work on the second Monday of January. Should a senator resign from office before his or her term expires, the governor calls a special election to replace the senator. Senators are not term-limited.
Senators generally serve on several standing committees and often serve on joint appropriations subcommittees, permanent statutory committees, and various boards and commissions.
|President of the Senate||Jochum, PamPam Jochum||Democratic||50|
|President pro tempore||Sodders, SteveSteve Sodders||Democratic||36|
|Majority Leader||Gronstal, MichaelMichael Gronstal||Democratic||8|
|Minority Leader||Dix, BillBill Dix||Republican||25|
|1||Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola, and Palo Alto||Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson||Republican||2002||Human Resources (Ranking Member)||Health and Human Resources|
|2||Cherokee, O'Brien, Plymouth, and Sioux||Feenstra, RandyRandy Feenstra||Republican||2008||Ways and Means (Ranking Member)||N/A|
|3||Plymouth and Woodbury||Anderson, BillBill Anderson||Republican||2010||Commerce (Ranking Member)||Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals|
|4||Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth, Winnebago, and Wright||Guth, DennisDennis Guth||Republican||2012||N/A||Administration and Regulation (Ranking Member)|
|5||Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Webster||Beall, DarylDaryl Beall||Democratic||2002||Veterans Affairs (Chair), Transportation (Vice Chair)||Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals (Vice Chair)|
|6||Audubon, Buena Vista, Carroll, Crawford, and Sac||Segebart, MarkMark Segebart||Republican||2012||N/A||Health and Human Services (Ranking Member)|
|7||Woodbury||Bertrand, RickRick Bertrand||Republican||2010||N/A||N/A|
|8||Pottawattamie||Gronstal, MichaelMichael Gronstal||Democratic||1985||Rules and Administration (Chair)||N/A|
|9||Crawford, Harrison, Ida, Monona, Shelby, and Woodbury||Boettger, NancyNancy Boettger||Republican||1994||N/A||Economic Development (Ranking Member)|
|10||Adair, Cass, Dallas, Guthrie, and Polk||Chapman, JakeJake Chapman||Republican||2012||Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa (Ranking Member)||Justice System (Ranking Member)|
|11||Adams, Cass, Pottawattamie, and Union||Houser, HubertHubert Houser||Republican||2001[a]||Labor and Business Relations (Ranking Member)||N/A|
|12||Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold, and Taylor||Ernst, JoniJoni Ernst||Republican||2011[b]||Education (Ranking Member)||Administration and Regulation|
|13||Madison and Warren||Sorenson, KentKent Sorenson||Republican||2010||Government Oversight (Ranking Member), State Government (Ranking Member)||N/A|
|14||Clarke, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Marion, and Wayne County, Iowa||Sinclair, AmyAmy Sinclair||Republican||2012||Local Government (Ranking Member)||Education|
|15||Jasper and Polk||Black, DennisDennis Black||Democratic||1994||Natural Resources and Environment (Vice Chair)||Agriculture and Natural Resources (Chair)|
|16||Polk||Dearden, DickDick Dearden||Democratic||1994||Natural Resources and Environment (Chair), Ethics (Vice Chair), Labor and Business Relations (Vice Chair)||Agriculture and Natural Resources (Vice Chair)|
|17||Polk||Hatch, JackJack Hatch||Democratic||2002||N/A||Health and Human Services (Chair)|
|18||Polk||Petersen, JanetJanet Petersen||Democratic||2012||Government Oversight (Chair), Commerce (Vice Chair)||N/A|
|19||Polk||Whitver, JackJack Whitver||Republican||2011[c]||Appropriations (Ranking Member)||N/A|
|20||Polk||Zaun, BradBrad Zaun||Republican||2004||N/A||N/A|
|21||Polk and Warren||McCoy, MattMatt McCoy||Democratic||1996||Commerce (Chair)||Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals (Chair), Government Oversight|
|22||Dallas and Polk||Schneider, CharlesCharles Schneider||Republican||2012[d]||Judiciary (Ranking Member)||Economic Development|
|23||Story||Quirmbach, HermanHerman Quirmbach||Democratic||2002||Education (Chair)||Education|
|24||Boone, Greene, Hamilton, Story, and Webster||Behn, JerryJerry Behn||Republican||1996||N/A||N/A|
|25||Butler, Grundy, Hardin, and Story||Dix, BillBill Dix||Republican||2010||Rules and Administration (Ranking Member)||N/A|
|26||Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Worth||Wilhelm, Mary JoMary Jo Wilhelm||Democratic||2008||Local Government (Chair), Human Resources (Vice Chair)||Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|27||Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin||Ragan, AmandaAmanda Ragan||Democratic||2002[e]||Human Resources (Chair)||Health and Human Services (Vice Chair)|
|28||Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek||Breitbach, MichaelMichael Breitbach||Republican||2012||N/A||N/A|
|29||Dubuque, Jones, and Jackson||Bowman, TodTod Bowman||Democratic||2010||Transportation (Chair), Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa (Vice Chair)||Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals|
|30||Black Hawk||Danielson, JeffJeff Danielson||Democratic||2004||State Government (Chair), Appropriations (Vice Chair), Veterans Affairs (Vice Chair)||Administration and Regulation (Vice Chair)|
|31||Black Hawk||Dotzler, WilliamWilliam Dotzler||Democratic||2002||N/A||Economic Development (Chair)|
|32||Bremer, Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Fayette||Schoenjahn, BrianBrian Schoenjahn||Democratic||2004||Education (Vice Chair), Government Oversight (Vice Chair)||Education (Chair)|
|33||Linn||Hogg, RobRob Hogg||Democratic||2006||Judiciary (Chair)||Justice System (Vice Chair)|
|34||Linn||Mathis, LizLiz Mathis||Democratic||2011[f]||N/A||Administration and Regulation (Chair)|
|35||Linn||Horn, WallyWally Horn||Democratic||1982||Ethics (Chair), Labor and Business Relations (Chair)||Education (Vice Chair)|
|36||Black Hawk, Marshall, and Tama||Sodders, SteveSteve Sodders||Democratic||2008||Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa (Chair)||N/A|
|37||Cedar, Johnson, and Muscatine||Dvorsky, RobertRobert Dvorsky||Democratic||1994[g]||Appropriations (Chair)||N/A|
|38||Benton, Iowa, and Poweshiek||Kapucian, TimTim Kapucian||Republican||2008||Transportation (Ranking Member)||Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals (Ranking Member)|
|39||Johnson, Keokuk, and Washington||Greiner, SandraSandra Greiner||Republican||2010||Ethics (Ranking Member), Natural Resources and Environment (Ranking Member)||Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|40||Appanoose, Marion, Mahaska, Monroe, and Wapello||Rozenboom, KenKen Rozenboom||Republican||2012||Veterans Affairs (Ranking Member)||Agriculture and Natural Resources (Ranking Member)|
|41||Davis, Jefferson, Wapello, and Van Buren||Chelgren, MarkMark Chelgren||Republican||2010||N/A||Justice System|
|42||Henry, Lee, Jefferson, and Washington||Taylor, RichRich Taylor||Democratic||2012||Agriculture (Vice Chair)||Justice System|
|43||Johnson||Bolkcom, JoeJoe Bolkcom||Democratic||1998||Ways and Means (Chair)||Health and Human Services|
|44||Des Moines, Louisa, and Muscatine||Courtney, ThomasThomas Courtney||Democratic||2002||Judiciary (Vice Chair)||Justice System (Chair)|
|45||Scott||Seng, JoeJoe Seng||Democratic||2002||Agriculture (Chair), Ways and Means (Vice Chair)||Economic Development|
|46||Brase, ChrisChris Brase||Democratic||2012||Local Government (Vice Chair)||Administration and Regulation|
|47||Scott||Smith, RobyRoby Smith||Republican||2010||Education (Ranking Member)|
|48||Buchanan, Delaware, Jones, and Linn||Zumbach, DanDan Zumbach||Republican||2012||Agriculture (Ranking Member)||N/A|
|49||Clinton and Scott||Hart, RitaRita Hart||Democratic||2012||N/A||Economic Development (Vice Chair)|
|50||Dubuque||Jochum, PamPam Jochum||Democratic||2008||Rules and Administration (Vice Chair), State Government (Vice Chair)||N/A|
- First elected in a June 12, 2001 special election.
- First elected in a January 4, 2011 special election.
- First elected in a January 18, 2011 special election.
- First elected in a December 11, 2012 special election.
- First elected in a March 12, 2002 special election.
- First elected in a November 8, 2011 special election.
- First elected in a February 22, 1994 special election.
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- "1857 Constitution of the State of Iowa – Codified". Retrieved July 15, 2012.
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