Iowa House of Representatives District 9

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Iowa House of Representatives District 9
Current incumbentHelen Miller Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.4% Black, 5.5% Hispanic
Voting age76.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Iowa's ninth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Helen Miller.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 27,314 civilians reside within Iowa's 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 Helen Miller (D) defeated Matt Alcazar (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Miller Incumbent 60.6% 8,399
     Republican Matt Alcazar 39.4% 5,450
Total Votes 13,849

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State House District 9 have raised a total of $1,220,869. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $93,913 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State House District 9
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $59,646 2 $29,823
2010 $322,252 2 $161,126
2008 $369,665 2 $184,833
2006 $361,777 2 $180,889
2004 $41,588 2 $20,794
2002 $53,748 2 $26,874
2000 $12,193 1 $12,193
Total $1,220,869 13 $93,913

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