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Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo.
Type
Type Bicameral
Houses Senate
House of Representatives
Leadership
President of the Senate Jack Kibbie, Democrat
since January 8, 2007
Speaker of the House Pat Murphy, Democrat
since January 8, 2007
Structure
Members 150
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Election
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Iowa capitol.jpg
Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
Website
http://www.legis.state.ia.us

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.

Composition

The IGA consists of 50 senators and 100 representatives. Each senator represents about 59,500 people and each representative about 29,750 people. The last redistricting was enacted on June 22, 2001 for the 2002 elections of the 108th U.S. Congress and 80th IGA. The IGA convenes annually on the second Monday in January. [1]

As of 2009, both houses of the IGA are controlled by Democrats, as is the Governor's office. The elections in 2006 marked the first in four decades that such an alignment has occurred, [2] with the Democrats holding 30 of the 50 Senate seats and 53 of the 100 House seats.

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 Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg, and President Pro Tempore Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls. Partisan Senate leadership includes Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, and Minority Leader Paul McKinley, R-Chariton.

In the House, the Speaker is Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, and the Speaker Pro Tempore Polly Bukta, D-Clinton. Partisan House leadership includes Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, and Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, Iowa.

Affiliation (House) Members
  Democratic Party 55
  Republican Party 44
  Vacant 1 *
 Total
100
 Government Majority
12
 * Democratic Representative-elect Hanson.
Affiliation (Senate) Members
  Democratic Party 32
  Republican Party 18
 Total
50
 Government Majority
14

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