Iowa House of Representatives

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Iowa House of Representatives
Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 12, 2015
Kraig Paulsen (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Speaker pro tempore
Matt Windschitl (R)
Since April 30, 2014
Majority Leader
Linda Upmeyer (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Minority Leader
Mark Smith (D)
Since August 10, 2013
Seats 100
Political groups
Majority party

Minority party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution
Salary $25,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(100 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(100 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Service Agency with legislative approval
Meeting place
File:Iowa House of Reps.JPG
House of Representatives Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa General Assembly

The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly. The upper house is the Iowa Senate. There are 100 seats in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing 100 single-member districts across the state, formed by dividing the 50 Senate districts in half. Each district has a population of approximately 30,464 as of the 2010 United States Census.[1] The House of Representatives meets at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Unlike the upper house, the Iowa Senate, state House representatives serve two-year terms with the whole chamber up for re-election in even-numbered years. There are no term limits for the House.

Leadership of the House

The Speaker of the House presides over the House in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full House on passage of a floor vote. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.


Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen Republican 67
Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer Republican 54
Minority Leader Mark Smith Democratic 71

Current composition

Affiliation Party Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 53 47 100 0
Begin[lower-alpha 1] 56 43 99 1
January 12, 2015[lower-alpha 2] 55 98 2
January 13, 2015[lower-alpha 3] 56 99 1
February 17, 2015[lower-alpha 4] 57 100 0
Latest voting share 57% 43%

Past notable members

See also


  1. Republican Dwayne Alons (District 4) died after being re-elected.[2]
  2. Republican Mark Costello (District 23) resigned after being elected to the Iowa Senate in a special election.[3]
  3. Republican John Kooiker sworn in, filling vacancy in District 4.[4]
  4. Republican David Sieck sworn in, filling vacancy in District 23.[5]


  1. Iowa Legislative Services Agency (2011-03-31). "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ta, Linh (2014-12-01). "Iowa Rep. Dwayne Alons dies after cancer battle". Retrieved 2015-02-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Brownlee, Mike (2014-12-31). "Republican Mark Costello wins special election to replace Joni Ernst in Iowa State Senate".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Iowa House of Representatives Journal, January 13, 2015" (PDF). Iowa House of Representatives. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-02-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Iowa House of Representatives Journal, February 17, 2015" (PDF). Iowa House of Representatives. 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-02-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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