Iowa Senate

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

Iowa Senate
Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type Upper house
Term limits None
New session started January 10, 2011
President of the Senate Jack Kibbie, (D)
since January 8, 2007
President pro Tempore Jeff Danielson, (D)
since January 8, 2007
Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, (D)
since January 8, 2007
Minority Leader Jerry Behn, (R)
since November 10, 2011
Members 50
Political groups Democratic Party (26)
Republican Party (23)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution
Salary $25,000/year + per diem
Last election November 2, 2010
(25 seats)
Next election November 6, 2012
(25 seats)

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Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa General Assembly

The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly, Iowa's legislature. There are 50 people in the Senate, one for each of 50 districts in Iowa. Each district has about 59,500 people in it. Each Senate district is composed of two House districts. The Senate meets at the Iowa State Captiol in Des Moines.

Unlike the Iowa House of Representatives, Senate members - called "senators"—have terms of four years. Half of the Senate is elected every two years, in even-numbered years. There are no terms limits for the Senate.

Leadership[change | change source]

The President of the Senate is the leader of the Senate and serves as its chair. The Senate President also sends legislation to committees. Unlike the Speaker of the Iowa House, the Senate President does not put representatives on committees.[1] The Lieutenant Governor of Iowa was the President of the Senate until 1991, when a constitutional amendment separated the jobs. Other Senate leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their party's members.

The President of the Senate is Democrat Jack Kibbie of the 4th District (Emmetsburg). The Majority Leader is Democrat Michael Gronstal of the 50th District (Council Bluffs). The Minority Leader is Republican Jerry Behn of the 24th District (Boone).

Leaders[change | change source]

Position Name Party Residence District
President of the Senate Jack Kibbie Democratic Emmetsburg 4
Majority Leader Michael Gronstal Democratic Council Bluffs 50
Minority Leader Jerry Behn Republican Boone 24

Current composition[change | change source]

Iowa Senate districts for 2012-2022
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Empty
End of last session 27 22 49 1
Beginning of new session 26 24 50 0
September 16, 2011[2] 25 49 1
November 21, 2011[3] 26 50 0
October 15, 2012[4] 23 49 0
Now 26 23

Past notable members[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Three Branches of Government". Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  2. Democrat Swati Dandekar (District 18) resigned after joining the Iowa Utilities Board.
  3. Democrat Liz Mathis elected to replace Dandekar.
  4. Republican Pat Ward died.

Other websites[change | change source]