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
Term limits
New session started
January 10, 2011
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
Seats 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)

Legislative Service Agency makes plan

Iowa General Assembly passes plan
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 Capitol 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 term 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.

Historical 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]