William Dotzler

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Bill Dotzler Jr.
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Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 11th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2003
Preceded by John Jensen
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
January 13, 1997 – January 13, 2003
Preceded by Patricia Harper
Succeeded by Polly Bukta
Personal details
Born (1948-05-07) May 7, 1948 (age 68)
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democrat
Residence Waterloo, Iowa
Alma mater North Iowa Area Community College (A.A.);
University of Northern Iowa (B.A.)
Occupation Retired - John Deere
Website Dotzler's website

William Anthony "Bill" Dotzler Jr. (born May 7, 1948) is the Iowa State Senator from the 11th District.[1] A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 2003 and is currently an assistant majority leader.

Early life and education[edit]

Dotzler went to Cedar Falls High School graduating in 1966. He then went on to receive his A.A. from North Iowa Area Community College in 1969. Dotzler then served in the United States Army Office of Military Intelligence for three years, serving one tour in Germany. Upon returning, Dotzler enrolled in the University of Northern Iowa receiving his B.A. in Biology in 1975.

Iowa House and Senate[edit]

Dotzler had previously been a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 26th District from 1997 to 2003, and then was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2003 succeeding John Jensen.

Dotzler was re-elected in 2006 with 11,782 votes (70%), defeating Republican opponent Jim Buschkamp. [2]

In 2007, Dotzler was instrumental in helping to pass tax incentives aimed at technology companies such as Google and Microsoft to build a facility in Iowa and invest millions of dollars in the state. The legislation gave companies tax breaks on sales tax from utility bills as well as property tax breaks. [3]

Dotzler was re-elected in 2010 with 10,459 votes (59%), defeating Republican opponent Ron Welper. [4]

More recently Dotzler has gone on record opposing the construction of new nuclear power plants in Iowa citing cost and safety concerns. [5]

Dotzler currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Appropriations committee; the Economic Growth committee; the Human Resources committee; the Labor and Business Relations committee; and the Ways and Means committee. He also serves as chair of the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.


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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Patricia Harper
26th District
1997 – 2003
Succeeded by
Polly Bukta
Iowa Senate
Preceded by
John Jensen
11th District
2003 – present
Succeeded by