Iowa House of Representatives District 45

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Iowa House of Representatives District 45
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Current incumbentBeth Wessel-Kroeschell Democratic Party
Population35,688
Ethnicity3.3% Black, 3.3% Hispanic
Voting age91% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Iowa's forty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 35,688 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-fifth state house district.[1] Iowa state representatives represent an average of 30,464 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 29,293 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Iowa House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Iowa legislators assume office the first day of January after their election.

Qualifications

The Iowa Constitution states, "No person shall be a member of the house of representatives who shall not have attained the age of twenty-one years, be a citizen of the United States, and shall have been an inhabitant of this state one year next preceding his election, and at the time of his election shall have had an actual residence of sixty days in the county, or district he may have been chosen to represent."[2]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Iowa legislature are paid $25,000/year. Additionally, legislators receive $135/day per diem tied to the federal rate. Polk County legislators receive $101.25/day.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If a vacancy occurs in the house, the Governor must call for a special election within five days of the vacancy. If the vacancy happens in session, the Governor must call for an election as soon as possible with a minimum 18 day notice. All other special elections require a 45 day notice as long the election does not happen on the same day of a school election.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 16, 2012. Incumbent Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D) defeated Dane Nealson (R) and Eric Cooper (L) in the general election. Kroeschell and Nealson were unopposed in their respective primaries.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Wessel-Kroeschell Incumbent 59.3% 8,699
     Republican Dane Nealson 34.6% 5,081
     Libertarian Eric Cooper 6.1% 888
Total Votes 14,668

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State House District 45 have raised a total of $289,611. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $13,164 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State House District 45
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $53,356 3 $17,785
2010 $38,832 2 $19,416
2008 $42,372 2 $21,186
2006 $16,233 1 $16,233
2004 $59,856 7 $8,551
2002 $26,991 3 $8,997
2000 $51,971 4 $12,993
Total $289,611 22 $13,164

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