Iowa Senate

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Iowa Senate
Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 9, 2017
Leadership
Jack Whitver (R)
Since January 9, 2017
President pro Tempore
Jerry Behn (R)
Since January 9, 2017
Majority Leader
Bill Dix (R)
Since January 9, 2017
Minority Leader
Rob Hogg (D)
Since January 9, 2017
Structure
Senate Diagram June 2016 State of Iowa.svg
Political groups

Majority party

Minority parties

Length of term
4 years
Authority Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution
Salary $25,000/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(25 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(25 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Service Agency with legislative approval
Meeting place
Iowa Senate.JPG
State Senate Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
Website
Iowa General Assembly
Footnotes
  • Even though it is an even-district year, Senate District 49 was on the ballot due to the 2012 redistricting.[2]
  • The results of the election in Senate District 22 were counted, but not canvassed due to the death of incumbent candidate Pat Ward.[3]

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.[4] Each Senate district is composed of two House districts. The Senate meets at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Unlike the lower house, the Iowa House of Representatives, Senators serve four-year terms, with half of the Senate staggered for re-election every two years. There are no term limits for the Senate.

Leadership[edit]

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.[5] 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).[6] 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.

Leaders[edit]

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Jack Whitver Republican 4
Majority Leader Bill Dix Republican 50
Minority Leader Rob Hogg Democratic 25

Current composition[edit]

Iowa Senate districts for 2012-2022
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Ind Vacant
End of 2012 26 23 0 49 1
Begin 2013 26 24 0 50 0
End of previous legislature
Begin (2015) 26 24 0 50 0
June 7, 2016[1] 23 1
End (2016)
Begin (2017) 20 29 1 50 0
Latest voting share 40% 58% 2%

Past notable members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Johnson (District 1) switched parties from Republican to "No Party". [1]
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Deeth, John (2012-10-15). "Win or lose, Ward's death mean special election". John Deeth Blog. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ Iowa Legislative Services Agency (2011-03-31). "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ "The Three Branches of Government". Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  6. ^ "The Drafting of Iowa's Constitution". Steven Cross, Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 

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