The Iowa General Assembly 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. The Senate consists of four year terms and the House consists of two year terms. The General Assembly convenes within the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
Iowa Capitol Dispatch, – October 12, 2021 (Short)
Republican Jon Dunwell won a special election to the Iowa House on Tuesday, flipping a seat from blue to red ahead of the 2022 session.
Dunwell is a pastor and financial professional from Newton. He will replace Rep. Wes Breckenridge, a Democrat, as the representative for House District 29, which includes Newton, Colfax, Prairie City, Kellogg, Mingo, Baxter and surrounding rural areas.
Dunwell won Tuesday’s special election with 60% of the vote, according to unofficial results published by the Iowa Secretary of State. Democratic opponent Steve Mullan, a Newton City Council member and retired teacher, lost the election by nearly 1,000 votes.
the gazette.com, – September 2, 2021 (Medium)
Iowa Democratic leaders are “hopeful and cautiously optimistic” that Iowa will maintain its tradition of redrawing legislative and congressional lines in a nonpartisan fashion.
“It’s not Democrats who are calling for fair maps. It’s Iowans who are calling for fair maps,” House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights said Thursday. “That’s who wants this. That’s who deserves this.”
However, the ultimate decision whether the process remains nonpartisan will be up to Republicans, who have the legislative majority, Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls of Coralville, told reporters during a virtual news conference.
Based on the 2020 census, new boundaries will be drawn for 50 Iowa Senate and 100 Iowa House districts as well as four U.S. House districts based on criteria established in the U.S. and Iowa constitutions and state law.
Iowa Capital Dispatch, – May 24, 2021 (Short)
Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver cast the work of the 2021 Iowa Legislature as “generational,” and maybe even “historic.”
“And the work that we’ve done this session, I think will have lasting impact for many years to come,” Whitver told reporters Thursday after lawmakers adjourned for the year late Wednesday.
Whitver’s right about the scope of the Legislature’s work. Lawmakers started with an uncommonly long wish list from Gov. Kim Reynolds and added significantly to the agenda as the session progressed. He’s also right about the potential for long-term effects from the Legislature’s actions, including tax cuts estimated to save Iowans $1 billion over eight years.
Lawmakers worked on a bipartisan basis to address some well-documented problems and their efforts likely will benefit Iowans for years to come. However, the GOP majority also indulged in some historically partisan, baseless and ill-considered legislation that could leave a deep scar on our landscape.
The Iowa General Assembly consists of 50 senators and 100 representatives. Each senator represents about 60,927 people and each representative about 30,464 people as of the 2010 United States Census. The last redistricting was enacted on April 19, 2011 for the 2012 elections 85th General Assembly. The assembly convenes annually on the second Monday in January.
Leaders in the Senate are President Jake Chapman (R), and President Pro Tempore Brad Zaun (R). Partisan Senate leadership includes Majority Leader Jack Whitver (R), and Minority Leader Zach Wahls (D). In the House, the Speaker is Pat Grassley (R), and the Speaker Pro Tempore John Wills (R). Partisan House leadership includes Majority Leader Matt Windschitl (R), and Minority Leader Todd Prichard (D).
Composition of the 89th General Assembly of Iowa (2021–2022)
- “First Redistricting Plan” (PDF). Iowa Legislative Services Agency. March 31, 2011. p. 3. Retrieved November 17, 2012
- “Iowa Redistricting – 2011”. Iowa General Assembly. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- “Legislative Guide to the Iowa General Assembly” (PDF). Legal Services Division, Iowa Legislative Services Agency. December 2006. pp. 20–21. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2012.