List of current members of the Iowa Senate

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Iowa Senate districts, 2012-2022.

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, 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.[1]

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.[1] Should a senator resign from office before his or her term expires, the governor calls a special election to replace the senator.[2] Senators are not term-limited.[3]

Senators generally serve on several standing committees and often serve on joint appropriations subcommittees, permanent statutory committees, and various boards and commissions.

Party composition[edit]

Party composition as of January 13, 2012.
Affiliation Members
Republican 24
Democratic 26
vacant 0
Total
50

Leadership[edit]

Senate leadership as of January 13, 2012.
Position Name Party District
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

Senators[edit]

Iowa Senators as of January 13, 2012.
District
Jurisdiction(s) represented
Image
Senator
Party
First
elected
Standing
Committee
Leader
Appropriations
Subcommittee
Member
1 Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola, and Palo Alto Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson Republican 2002 Human Resources (Ranking Member) Health and Human Resources
2 Cherokee, O'Brien, Plymouth, and Sioux Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Feenstra, RandyRandy Feenstra Republican 2008 Ways and Means (Ranking Member) N/A
3 Plymouth and Woodbury Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Anderson, BillBill Anderson Republican 2010 Commerce (Ranking Member) Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals
4 Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth, Winnebago, and Wright Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Guth, DennisDennis Guth Republican 2012 N/A Administration and Regulation (Ranking Member)
5 Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Webster Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly 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 Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Segebart, MarkMark Segebart Republican 2012 N/A Health and Human Services (Ranking Member)
7 Woodbury Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Bertrand, RickRick Bertrand Republican 2010 N/A N/A
8 Pottawattamie Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Gronstal, MichaelMichael Gronstal Democratic 1985 Rules and Administration (Chair) N/A
9 Crawford, Harrison, Ida, Monona, Shelby, and Woodbury Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Boettger, NancyNancy Boettger Republican 1994 N/A Economic Development (Ranking Member)
10 Adair, Cass, Dallas, Guthrie, and Polk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Chapman, JakeJake Chapman Republican 2012 Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa (Ranking Member) Justice System (Ranking Member)
11 Adams, Cass, Pottawattamie, and Union Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Houser, HubertHubert Houser Republican 2001[a] Labor and Business Relations (Ranking Member) N/A
12 Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Ringgold, and Taylor Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Ernst, JoniJoni Ernst Republican 2011[b] Education (Ranking Member) Administration and Regulation
13 Madison and Warren Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly 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 Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Sinclair, AmyAmy Sinclair Republican 2012 Local Government (Ranking Member) Education
15 Jasper and Polk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Black, DennisDennis Black Democratic 1994 Natural Resources and Environment (Vice Chair) Agriculture and Natural Resources (Chair)
16 Polk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly 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 Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Hatch, JackJack Hatch Democratic 2002 N/A Health and Human Services (Chair)
18 Polk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Petersen, JanetJanet Petersen Democratic 2012 Government Oversight (Chair), Commerce (Vice Chair) N/A
19 Polk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Whitver, JackJack Whitver Republican 2011[c] Appropriations (Ranking Member) N/A
20 Polk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Zaun, BradBrad Zaun Republican 2004 N/A N/A
21 Polk and Warren Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly McCoy, MattMatt McCoy Democratic 1996 Commerce (Chair) Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals (Chair), Government Oversight
22 Dallas and Polk No image placeholder.gif Schneider, CharlesCharles Schneider Republican 2012[d] Judiciary (Ranking Member) Economic Development
23 Story Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Quirmbach, HermanHerman Quirmbach Democratic 2002 Education (Chair) Education
24 Boone, Greene, Hamilton, Story, and Webster Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Behn, JerryJerry Behn Republican 1996 N/A N/A
25 Butler, Grundy, Hardin, and Story Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Dix, BillBill Dix Republican 2010 Rules and Administration (Ranking Member) N/A
26 Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Worth Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Wilhelm, Mary JoMary Jo Wilhelm Democratic 2008 Local Government (Chair), Human Resources (Vice Chair) Agriculture and Natural Resources
27 Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Ragan, AmandaAmanda Ragan Democratic 2002[e] Human Resources (Chair) Health and Human Services (Vice Chair)
28 Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Breitbach, MichaelMichael Breitbach Republican 2012 N/A N/A
29 Dubuque, Jones, and Jackson Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Bowman, TodTod Bowman Democratic 2010 Transportation (Chair), Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa (Vice Chair) Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals
30 Black Hawk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Danielson, JeffJeff Danielson Democratic 2004 State Government (Chair), Appropriations (Vice Chair), Veterans Affairs (Vice Chair) Administration and Regulation (Vice Chair)
31 Black Hawk Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Dotzler, WilliamWilliam Dotzler Democratic 2002 N/A Economic Development (Chair)
32 Bremer, Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Fayette Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Schoenjahn, BrianBrian Schoenjahn Democratic 2004 Education (Vice Chair), Government Oversight (Vice Chair) Education (Chair)
33 Linn Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Hogg, RobRob Hogg Democratic 2006 Judiciary (Chair) Justice System (Vice Chair)
34 Linn Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Mathis, LizLiz Mathis Democratic 2011[f] N/A Administration and Regulation (Chair)
35 Linn Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Horn, WallyWally Horn Democratic 1982 Ethics (Chair), Labor and Business Relations (Chair) Education (Vice Chair)
36 Black Hawk, Marshall, and Tama Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Sodders, SteveSteve Sodders Democratic 2008 Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa (Chair) N/A
37 Cedar, Johnson, and Muscatine Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Dvorsky, RobertRobert Dvorsky Democratic 1994[g] Appropriations (Chair) N/A
38 Benton, Iowa, and Poweshiek Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Kapucian, TimTim Kapucian Republican 2008 Transportation (Ranking Member) Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals (Ranking Member)
39 Johnson, Keokuk, and Washington Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly 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 Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Rozenboom, KenKen Rozenboom Republican 2012 Veterans Affairs (Ranking Member) Agriculture and Natural Resources (Ranking Member)
41 Davis, Jefferson, Wapello, and Van Buren Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Chelgren, MarkMark Chelgren Republican 2010 N/A Justice System
42 Henry, Lee, Jefferson, and Washington Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Taylor, RichRich Taylor Democratic 2012 Agriculture (Vice Chair) Justice System
43 Johnson Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Bolkcom, JoeJoe Bolkcom Democratic 1998 Ways and Means (Chair) Health and Human Services
44 Des Moines, Louisa, and Muscatine Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Courtney, ThomasThomas Courtney Democratic 2002 Judiciary (Vice Chair) Justice System (Chair)
45 Scott Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Seng, JoeJoe Seng Democratic 2002 Agriculture (Chair), Ways and Means (Vice Chair) Economic Development
46

Muscatine and Scott

Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Brase, ChrisChris Brase Democratic 2012 Local Government (Vice Chair) Administration and Regulation
47 Scott Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Smith, RobyRoby Smith Republican 2010 Education (Ranking Member)
48 Buchanan, Delaware, Jones, and Linn Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Zumbach, DanDan Zumbach Republican 2012 Agriculture (Ranking Member) N/A
49 Clinton and Scott Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Hart, RitaRita Hart Democratic 2012 N/A Economic Development (Vice Chair)
50 Dubuque Official Portrait for the 85th General Assembly Jochum, PamPam Jochum Democratic 2008 Rules and Administration (Vice Chair), State Government (Vice Chair) N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First elected in a June 12, 2001 special election.
  2. ^ First elected in a January 4, 2011 special election.
  3. ^ First elected in a January 18, 2011 special election.
  4. ^ First elected in a December 11, 2012 special election.
  5. ^ First elected in a March 12, 2002 special election.
  6. ^ First elected in a November 8, 2011 special election.
  7. ^ First elected in a February 22, 1994 special election.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b Legislative Guide to the Iowa General Assembly (PDF). Legal Services Division, Iowa Legislative Services Agency. December 2006. p. 2. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Iowa Code 2011 + Supplement §69.14" (PDF). January 9, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ National Conference of State Legislatures (June 2009). "The Term Limited States". Retrieved October 23, 2012. 

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