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Iowa Senate
Type
Type Upper house
Leadership
President of the Senate Jack Kibbie, (D)
since January 8, 2007
President pro tempore Jeff Danielson, (D)
since January 8, 2007
Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, (D)
since January 8, 2007
Minority Leader Paul McKinley, (R)
since November 18, 2008
Structure
Members 50
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Election
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Iowa Senate.JPG
Senate Chamber, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, IA, US
Website
http://www.legis.state.ia.us

The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly. There are 50 members of the Senate, representing 50 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 59,500 per constituency. Each Senate district is composed of two House districts. The Senate meets at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Unlike the lower house, the Iowa House of Representatives, Senators serve four-year terms, with half of the Senate staggered for re-election every two years. There are no term limits for the Senate.

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Leadership

The President of the Senate presides over the body, whose powers include referring bills to committee, recognizing members during debate, and making procedural rulings. Unlike the more powerful Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, the Senate President cannot appoint committee chairmanships or shuffle committee memberships.[1] Since the passage of an amendment to the Iowa Constitution by state voters in 1988 and made effective in 1991, the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa has no presiding role over the Senate, and instead has had its powers transferred to taking duties designated by the Governor of Iowa.[2] The other partisan Senate leadership positions, such as the Majority and Minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses to head their parties in the chamber.

The President of the Senate is Democrat Jack Kibbie of the 4th District (Emmetsburg). The Majority Leader is Democrat Michael Gronstal of the 50th District (Council Bluffs). The Minority Leader is Republican Paul McKinley of the 36th District (Chariton).

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Leaders

Position Name Party Residence District
President of the Senate Jack Kibbie Democratic Emmetsburg 4
Majority Leader Michael Gronstal Democratic Council Bluffs 50
Minority Leader Paul McKinley Republican Chariton 36

Current composition

Map of the Iowa Senate districts
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 30 20 50 0
Begin 32 18 50 0
Latest voting share 64% 36%

Past notable members

References

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