Iowa General Assembly

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Coordinates: 41°35′28″N 93°36′14″W / 41.591°N 93.604°W / 41.591; -93.604

Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Charles Schneider (R)
since March 16, 2018
Senate Majority Leader
Jack Whitver (R)
since March 13, 2018
Pat Grassley (R)
since January 13, 2020
House Majority Leader
Matt Windschitl (R)
since January 14, 2016
Iowa State Senate partisan composition.svg
Senate political groups
  •   Republican (32)
  •   Democratic (18)
Iowa House of Representatives partisan composition.svg
House of Representatives political groups
Senate last election
November 6, 2018
(25 seats)
House of Representatives last election
November 6, 2018
Senate next election
November 3, 2020
(25 seats)
House of Representatives next election
November 3, 2020
Meeting place
Iowa capitol.jpg
Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines

The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) is the legislative branch of the state government of Iowa. Like the federal United States Congress, the General Assembly is a bicameral body, composed of the upper house Iowa Senate and the lower Iowa House of Representatives respectively. The Senate consists of four year terms and the House consists of two year terms. The General Assembly convenes within the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.


The IGA consists of 50 senators and 100 representatives. Each senator represents about 60,927 people and each representative about 30,464 people as of the 2010 United States Census.[1] The last redistricting was enacted on April 19, 2011[2] for the 2012 elections 85th General Assembly. The IGA convenes annually on the second Monday in January. [3]

Leaders in the Senate are President Charles Schneider (R), and President Pro Tempore Jerry Behn (R). Partisan Senate leadership includes Majority Leader Jack Whitver (R), and Minority Leader Janet Petersen (D). In the House, the Speaker is Linda Upmeyer (R), and the Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Windschitl (R). Partisan House leadership includes Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R), and Minority Leader Todd Prichard (D).

Composition of the 88th General Assembly of Iowa (2019–2020)[edit]

Affiliation (Senate) Members
  Republican Party 32
  Democratic Party 18
  Independent 0
  Vacant 0
Affiliation (House) Members
  Republican Party 53
  Democratic Party 47
  Independent 0
  Vacant 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). Iowa Legislative Services Agency. 2011-03-31. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  2. ^ "Iowa Redistricting - 2011". Iowa General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  3. ^ "Legislative Guide to the Iowa General Assembly" (PDF). Legal Services Division, Iowa Legislative Services Agency. December 2006. pp. 20–21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2012-11-17.

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