|Iowa General Assembly|
New session started
|January 9, 2017|
President pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution|
|Salary||$25,000/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2016
|November 6, 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. The Lieutenant Governor of Iowa was the presiding officer of the Senate until 1988, when an amendment to the Iowa Constitution was passed in a referendum (effective from 1991). 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 Republican Jack Whitver of the 19th District. The Majority Leader is Republican Bill Dix of the 25th District. The Minority Leader is Democratic Rob Hogg of the 33rd District.
|President of the Senate||Jack Whitver||Republican||4|
|Majority Leader||Bill Dix||Republican||50|
|Minority Leader||Rob Hogg||Democratic||25|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of 2012||26||23||0||49||1|
|End of previous legislature|
|June 7, 2016||23||1|
|Latest voting share||40%||58%||2%|
Past notable members
- 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).
- George G. Wright, U.S. Senator from 1871 to 1877.
- Tom Vilsack, Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007, briefly Democratic candidate for the President of the United States in 2008, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2017.
- George A. Wilson, Governor of Iowa from 1939 to 1943.
- Patty Judge, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture from 1999 to 2007, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 2007 to 2011
- Steve King, current U.S. House Representative, 2003-present.
- Joni Ernst, current U.S. Senator who has been serving since 2015.
- David Johnson (District 1) switched parties from Republican to "No Party". 
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- 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.
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