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Iowa House of Representatives District 59

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Iowa House of Representatives District 59
Current incumbentBob Kressig Democratic Party
Ethnicity3% Black, 5.8% Hispanic
Voting age77.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Iowa's fifty-ninth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Bob Kressig.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 29,055 civilians reside within Iowa's fifty-ninth 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.


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]


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]


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]



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 Bob Kressig (D) defeated James R. Kenyon (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kenyon defeated Howard W. Lyon, Jr. in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Kressig Incumbent 57% 8,762
     Republican James Kenyon 43% 6,621
Total Votes 15,383
Iowa House of Representatives, District 59 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Kenyon 72.7% 583
Howard Lyon, Jr. 27.3% 219
Total Votes 802

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State House District 59 have raised a total of $1,186,387. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $74,149 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State House District 59
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $303,434 3 $101,145
2010 $66,914 2 $33,457
2008 $674,548 4 $168,637
2006 $62,559 2 $31,280
2004 $30,037 2 $15,019
2002 $27,750 1 $27,750
2000 $21,145 2 $10,573
Total $1,186,387 16 $74,149

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