Iowa Senate

Iowa Senate

Iowa Senate
Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 14, 2013
Pam Jochum (D)
since January 14, 2013
President pro Tempore
Steve Sodders (D)
since January 14, 2013
Majority Leader
Michael Gronstal (D)
since January 8, 2007
Minority Leader
Bill Dix (R)
since January 14, 2013
Seats 50
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Authority Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution
Salary $25,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(50 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2018
(50 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Service Agency with legislative approval
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa General Assembly
  • Even though it is an even-district year, Senate District 49 was on the ballot due to the 2012 redistricting.[1]
  • The results of the election in Senate District 22 were counted, but not canvassed due to the death of incumbent candidate Pat Ward.[2]

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.[3] 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.


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.[4] Since the passage of an amendment to the Iowa Constitution by state voters in 1988 and made effective in 1991, the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa has no presiding role over the Senate, and instead has had its powers transferred to taking duties designated by the Governor of Iowa.[5] 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 Democrat Pam Jochum of the 50th District. The Majority Leader is Democrat Michael Gronstal of the 8th District. The Minority Leader is Republican Bill Dix of the 25th District.


Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Pam Jochum Democratic 4
Majority Leader Michael Gronstal Democratic 50
Minority Leader Bill Dix Republican 25

Current composition

Iowa Senate districts for 2012-2022
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 26 23 49 1
Begin 26 24 50 0
October 2, 2013[6] 26 23 49 1
Latest voting share 53% 47%

Past notable members

See also


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Deeth, John (2012-10-15). "Win or lose, Ward's death mean special election". John Deeth Blog. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  3. ^ Iowa Legislative Services Agency (2011-03-31). "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ "The Three Branches of Government". Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  5. ^ "The Drafting of Iowa's Constitution". Steven Cross, Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  6. ^ Republican Kent Sorenson (District 13) resigned. [1]

External links

  • Iowa Legislature official government website
  • Iowa Senate at Ballotpedia
  • State Senate of Iowa at Project Vote Smart
  • Iowa Senate Democrats
  • Iowa Senate Republicans
  • Current Iowa Senators