Iowa legislature

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

Iowa General Assembly
Type Bicameral
President of the Senate Pam Jochum, (D)
Since January 14, 2013
Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen, (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Seats 150
Political groups
Political groups
Last election November 6, 2012
Next election November 4, 2014
Meeting place
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. There are no term limits for either chamber.

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 peopleas 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 53
  Democratic Party 47
  vacant 0

See also


External links

  • Iowa Legislature official government website
  • Iowa General Assembly official website
  • Iowa Code
  • Iowa Constitution
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