Iowa 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Iowa State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Iowa State Senate. For results in individual contests see our Iowa State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 32 27
     Republican Party 18 23
Total 50 50


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 21 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 5 incumbents lost, and thus 16 incumbents were re-elected to the Iowa State Senate.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 5 Democratic incumbents lost.
  • There will be 9 new senators sworn-in. Of those 9, 1 is a Democrat and 8 are Republicans
  • Of the 25 seats up for election, 13 were won by Democrats and 12 by Republicans.
  • 7 candidates were unopposed, 4 Democrat and 3 Republicans.
  • Only 2 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In Iowa, three incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 22 incumbents (88%) ran for re-election. Of these 22 incumbents, 5 were defeated. All 5 were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

Amanda Ragan, first elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2003

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

Becky Schmitz, first elected to the state senate in 2007, was defeated in 2010.

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:

CandidatePartyDistrict
Becky Schmitz
Bill Heckroth
Keith Kreiman
Rich Olive
Staci Appel

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:

Kent Sorenson defeated incumbent Staci Appel in the general election.
CandidatePartyDistrict
Bill Dix
Kent Sorenson
Mark Chelgren
Robert Bacon, Iowa
Sandra Greiner

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In Iowa, 9 new senators will be sworn-in. Of those 9, 1 is a Democrat and 8 are Republicans. In the 4 open seat contests, Republicans won 3 and Democrats 1. In total, Iowa elected 50 senators, 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

Newly elected senators

The following are the newly-elected members of the Iowa State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Iowa State Senate:

Democratic

Larry Noble was first elected to the senate in 2007. He was re-elected in 2010.

Republican

Competitiveness

Michael P. Walters was an unopposed Democratic senate candidate in 2010

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's nonpartisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Iowa, 7 candidates (28.0% of seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 7, 5 were Democrats and 2 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In Iowa, 2 (4.5%) of the 44 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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Iowa State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Iowa House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

Iowa House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 56 42
     Republican Party 44 58
Total 100 100


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • There were 96 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 12 incumbents lost, and thus 84 incumbents were re-elected to the Iowa House of Representatives.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 12 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 29 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 29, 7 are Democrats and 22 are Republicans
  • Of the 100 seats up for election, 40 were won by Democrats and 60 by Republicans.
  • 33 candidates were unopposed, 8 Democrats and 25 Republicans.
  • Only 7 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In Iowa, 96 (96.0%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 96, 12 incumbent representatives were defeated. All 12 incumbents were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

  1. Ako Abdul-Samad
  2. Andrew Wenthe
  3. Annette Sweeney
  4. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell
  5. Betty DeBoef
  6. Bob Kressig
  7. Brian Quirk
  8. Bruce Hunter
  9. Cecil Dolecheck
  10. Charles Isenhart
  11. Chris Hagenow
  12. Chuck Soderberg
  13. Cindy Winckler
  14. Clel Baudler
  15. Curt Hanson
  16. Daniel Huseman
  17. Dave Deyoe
  18. David Heaton
  19. David Jacoby
  20. David Tjepkes
  21. Dawn Pettengill
  22. Deborah Berry
  23. Dennis Cohoon
  24. Donovan Olson
  25. Doris Kelley
  26. Dwayne Alons
  27. Eric Palmer
  28. Erik Helland
  29. Gary Worthan
  30. Gene Ficken
  31. Geri Huser
  32. Greg Forristall
  33. Helen Miller
  34. Henry Rayhons
  35. Jack Drake
  36. Janet Petersen
  37. Jason Schultz
  38. Jeff Kaufmann
  39. Jerry Kearns
  40. Jim Lykam
  41. Jim Van Engelenhoven
  42. Jo Oldson
  43. John Beard
  44. Kevin Koester
  45. Kevin McCarthy (Iowa)
  46. Kirsten Running-Marquardt
  47. Kraig Paulsen
  48. Kurt Swaim
  49. Lance Horbach
  50. Larry Marek
  51. Linda Miller
  52. Linda Upmeyer
  53. Lisa Heddens
  54. Mark Smith (Iowa)
  55. Mary Gaskill
  56. Mary Mascher
  57. Matt Windschitl
  58. McKinley Bailey
  59. Michael Reasoner
  60. Nate Willems
  61. Nathan Reichert
  62. Pat Grassley
  63. Patrick Murphy (Iowa)
  64. Paul Shomshor, Jr.
  65. Peter Cownie
  66. Phyllis Thede
  67. Ralph Watts
  68. Ray Zirkelbach
  69. Renee Schulte
  70. Richard Anderson (Iowa)
  71. Richard Arnold
  72. Rick Olson
  73. Roger Thomas
  74. Royd Chambers
  75. Scott Raecker
  76. Sharon Steckman
  77. Steven Lukan
  78. Steven Olson
  79. Thomas Sands
  80. Todd Taylor
  81. Tyler Olson
  82. Vicki Lensing

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:

CandidatePartyDistrict
Donovan Olson
Doris Kelley
Eric Palmer
Gene Ficken
Geri Huser
John Beard
Larry Marek
McKinley Bailey
Michael Reasoner
Nathan Reichert
Paul Shomshor, Jr.
Ray Zirkelbach

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:

CandidatePartyDistrict
Bob Hager
Chip Baltimore
Dan Rasmussen
Guy Vander Linden
Jarad Klein
Joel Fry
Kim Pearson
Lee Hein
Mark A. Brandenburg
Mark Lofgren
Stewart Iverson, Jr.
Walt Rogers

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In Iowa, 29 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 29, 7 are Democrats and 22 are Republicans. In the 33 open seat contests, Republicans won 25 and Democrats 8. In total, Iowa elected 100 representatives, 60 Republicans and 40 Democrats.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the Iowa House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Iowa State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

  1. Annette Sweeney
  2. Betty DeBoef
  3. Bob Hager
  4. Brian Moore, Iowa politician
  5. Cecil Dolecheck
  6. Chip Baltimore
  7. Chris Hagenow
  8. Chuck Soderberg
  9. Clel Baudler
  10. Dan Rasmussen
  11. Daniel Huseman
  12. Dave Deyoe
  13. David Heaton
  14. David Tjepkes
  15. Dawn Pettengill
  16. Dwayne Alons
  17. Erik Helland
  18. Gary Worthan
  19. Glen H. Massie
  20. Greg Forristall
  21. Guy Vander Linden
  22. Henry Rayhons
  23. Jack Drake
  24. Jarad Klein
  25. Jason Schultz
  26. Jeff Kaufmann
  27. Jeff Smith (Iowa Politician)
  28. Jeremy Taylor
  29. Jim Van Engelenhoven
  30. Joel Fry
  31. Josh Byrnes
  32. Julian B. Garrett
  33. Kevin Koester
  34. Kim Pearson
  35. Kraig Paulsen
  36. Lance Horbach
  37. Lee Hein
  38. Linda Miller
  39. Linda Upmeyer
  40. Mark A. Brandenburg
  41. Mark Lofgren
  42. Mary Ann Hanusa
  43. Matt Windschitl
  44. Pat Grassley
  45. Peter Cownie
  46. Ralph Watts
  47. Renee Schulte
  48. Richard Anderson (Iowa)
  49. Richard Arnold
  50. Ron Jorgensen
  51. Ross C. Paustian
  52. Royd Chambers
  53. Scott Raecker
  54. Steven Lukan
  55. Steven Olson
  56. Stewart Iverson, Jr.
  57. Thomas Sands
  58. Tom W. Shaw
  59. Walt Rogers

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Iowa, 33 candidates (33.3% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 33, 8 were Democrats and 25 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Ballot Access

In Iowa, 7 (7.0%) of the 100 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: