|Iowa General Assembly|
New session started
|January 9, 2017|
President pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution|
|Salary||$25,000/year + per diem|
| November 6, 2018 |
| November 3, 2020 |
|Redistricting||Legislative Service Agency with legislative approval|
|State Senate Chamber|
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
|Iowa General Assembly|
The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly, United States. There are 50 seats in the Iowa Senate, representing 50 single-member districts across the state of Iowa with populations of approximately 60,927 per constituency, as of the 2010 United States Census [update] . 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 no term limits. Terms are staggered so that half the Senate is up for reelection every two years.
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.The Lieutenant Governor of Iowa was the presiding officer of the Senate until 1988, when an amendment to the Constitution of Iowa was passed in a referendum (effective from 1991). 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 Republican Charles Schneider of the 22nd District. The Majority Leader is Republican Jack Whitver of the 19th District. The Minority Leader is Democratic Janet Petersen of the 18th District.
|President of the Senate||Charles Schneider||Republican||22|
|Majority Leader||Jack Whitver||Republican||19|
|Minority Leader||Zach Wahls||Democratic||37|
|Government Oversight||Michael Breitbach||28|
|Human Resources||Mark Segebart||6|
|Labor and Business Relations||Jason Schultz||9|
|Local Government||Julian Garrett||13|
|Natural Resources and Environment||Ken Rozenboom||40|
|Rules and Administration||Jack Whitver||19|
|State Government||Roby Smith||47|
|Veterans Affairs||Mark Costello||12|
|Ways and Means||Randy Feenstra||2|
*All Committee Heads are members of the Republican Party of Iowa.
(shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of 2014 session|
|End 2016 session||23||1|
|Latest voting share||36%||64%||0%|
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