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

Iowa House of Representatives
Type Lower house
Speaker of the House Pat Murphy, (D)
since January 8, 2007
Speaker pro tempore Polly Bukta, (D)
since January 8, 2007
Minority Leader Christopher Rants, (R)
since January 8, 2007
Members 100
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
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House Chamber, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, IA, US

The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly. There are 100 members of the House of Representatives, representing 100 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 29,750 for each constituency. 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.

The current Speaker is Pat Murphy of the 35th District (Dubuque). The Majority Leader is Kevin McCarthy of the 67th District (Des Moines). The Minority Leader is Christopher Rants of the 54th District (Sioux City).



Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker Pat Murphy Democratic Dubuque 28
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Democratic Des Moines 67
Minority Leader Christopher Rants Republican Linn County 54

Current composition

Map of the Iowa House districts
Affiliation Party Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 54 46 100 0
Begin 56 44 100 0
July 17, 2009[1] 55 99 1
September 22, 2009[2] 56 100 0
October 12, 2009[3] 55 99 1
November 24, 2009[4] 56 100 0
Latest voting share 56% 44%

Past notable members


  1. ^ Democrat John Whitaker (D-90) resigned
  2. ^ Democrat Curt Hanson elected to succeed Whitaker
  3. ^ Democrat Dick Taylor (D-33) resigned
  4. ^ Democrat Kirsten Running-Marquardt wins special election to succeed Taylor

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