Iowa House of Representatives District 81

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Iowa House of Representatives District 81
Current incumbentMary Gaskill Democratic Party
Ethnicity10.1% Black, 4.7% Hispanic
Voting age75.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Iowa's eighty-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Mary Gaskill.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 30,091 civilians reside within Iowa's eighty-first 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 Mary Gaskill (D) defeated Blake Smith (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Smith defeated Rick McClure in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Gaskill Incumbent 59.9% 7,706
     Republican Blake Smith 40.1% 5,158
Total Votes 12,864
Iowa House of Representatives, District 81 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Smith 75.2% 655
Rick McClure 24.8% 216
Total Votes 871

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State House District 81 have raised a total of $1,170,134. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $73,133 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State House District 81
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $38,419 3 $12,806
2010 $116,799 2 $58,400
2008 $605,925 2 $302,963
2006 $107,110 2 $53,555
2004 $92,893 3 $30,964
2002 $162,764 2 $81,382
2000 $46,224 2 $23,112
Total $1,170,134 16 $73,133

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