Iowa General Assembly

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Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Pam Jochum (D)
Since January 14, 2013
Senate Majority Leader
Michael Gronstal (D)
Since January 8, 2007
Kraig Paulsen (R)
Since January 10, 2011
House Majority Leader
Linda Upmeyer (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Senate political groups


House of Representatives political groups


Senate last election
November 4, 2014
(50 seats)
House of Representatives last election
November 4, 2014
Senate next election
November 1, 2018
(50 seats)
House of Representatives next election
November 2, 2016
Meeting place
Iowa capitol.jpg
Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines

The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) is the legislative branch of the state government of Iowa. Like the federal United States Congress, the General Assembly is a bicameral body, composed of the upper house Iowa Senate and the lower Iowa House of Representatives respectively. The Senate consists of four year terms and the House consists of two year terms. The General Assembly convenes within the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.


The IGA consists of 50 senators and 100 representatives. Each senator represents about 60,927 people and each representative about 30,464 people as of the 2010 United States Census.[1] The last redistricting was enacted on April 19, 2011[2] for the 2012 elections 85th General Assembly. The IGA convenes annually on the second Monday in January. [3]

As of January 2013, the Senate is controlled by Democrats, and the House of Representatives and the Governor's office are both controlled by Republicans. Prior to the 2006 elections, Iowa had one of the most evenly divided state legislatures in the country, with a 25-25 split in the Senate and the House composed of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

Leaders in the Senate are President Pam Jochum (D), and President Pro Tempore Steve Sodders (D). Partisan Senate leadership includes Majority Leader Michael Gronstal (D), and Minority Leader Bill Dix (R). In the House, the Speaker is Kraig Paulsen (R), and the Speaker Pro Tempore Steven Olson (R). Partisan House leadership includes Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R), and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D).

Affiliation (Senate) Members
  Democratic Party 26
  Republican Party 24
  vacant 0
Affiliation (House) Members
  Republican Party 57
  Democratic Party 43
  vacant 0

See also


  1. "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). Iowa Legislative Services Agency. 2011-03-31. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Iowa Redistricting - 2011". Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved 2012-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Legislative Guide to the Iowa General Assembly" (PDF). Legal Services Division, Iowa Legislative Services Agency. December 2006. pp. 20–21. Retrieved 2012-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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