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Michael E. Gronstal


Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 50th district
42nd (1993-2003)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 8, 1985
Preceded by Tom Slater

Born January 29, 1950 (1950-01-29) (age 59)
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Connie Meisenbach
Residence Council Bluffs, Iowa
Alma mater Antioch College
Website Gronstal's website

Michael E. Gronstal (born January 29, 1950) is the Iowa State Senator from the 50th District. He has served in the Iowa Senate since 1985 and is currently the majority leader. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served one term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He received his B.A. from Antioch College. Gronstal is chair of the national organization to elect Democratic state legislators, the DLCC.

Gronstal currently chairs the Rules and Administration committee. His prior political experience includes serving as the chair of the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party from 1986-1988.

Senator Gronstal has worked extensively to make Iowa the nation's leader in renewable fuels. Under his leadership, Iowa passed the nation’s strongest ethanol legislation in 2006. In addition, he is working to bring more biotechnology jobs and businesses to Iowa.

Senator Gronstal has been a leader in restoring funding to Iowa’s community colleges and school districts. Moving Iowa to 25th in the nation in teacher pay and making community college affordable for all Iowa families will continue as priorities. Additionally, Gronstal has been recognized by his colleagues for his dedicated work and knowledge of complex issues in the insurance and utilities business.

After the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage in the Varnum v. Brien decision in April 2009, Gronstal drew national attention for blocking a Republican attempt to overturn the Court's decision with a constitutional amendment. Gronstal released a YouTube video in which he declared that opponents of same sex marriage in Iowa had already lost because the younger generation does not care about the issue. [1]

Gronstal was re-elected in 2004 with 12,480 votes (54%), defeating Republican opponent Loren Knauss. [2] He won re-election again in 2008 with 58% of the votes.[1]


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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Tom Slater
50th District
1985 – 1993
Succeeded by
Gene Fraise
Preceded by
Elaine Szymoniak
42nd District
1993 – 2003
Succeeded by
Bryan Sievers
Preceded by
Gene Fraise
50th District
2003 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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