Iowa state senate

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

Iowa Senate
Iowa General Assembly
Type Upper house
Term limits None
New session started January 14, 2013
President of the Senate 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 Template:Plainlist
Length of term 4 years
Authority Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution
Salary $25,000/year + per diem
Last election Template:Plainlist
Next election Template:Plainlist
Redistricting Legislative Service Agency with legislative approval
Meeting place
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 24

Current composition

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] 23 49 1
Latest voting share 53% 47%

Past notable members

See also


External links

  • Iowa Legislature official government website
  • Template:Ballotpedia
  • Project Vote Smart
  • Iowa Senate Democrats
  • Iowa Senate Republicans
  • Current Iowa Senators

Template:Current Iowa Senators