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Iowa State Senate District 11

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Iowa State Senate District 11
Current incumbentTom Shipley Republican Party
Ethnicity15.6% Black, 4.6% Hispanic[1]
Voting age75.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Iowa's eleventh state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Tom Shipley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 58,015 civilians reside within Iowa's eleventh state senate district.[2] Iowa state senators represent an average of 60,927 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 58,586 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Iowa State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the senate is up for re-election every two years. Iowa legislators assume office the first day of January after their election.


The Iowa Constitution states, "Senators shall be chosen for the term of four years, at the same time and place as representatives; they shall be twenty-five years of age, and possess the qualifications of representatives as to residence and citizenship."[3]


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.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If a vacancy occurs in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election within five days of the vacancy. If the vacancy happens while the Senate is in session, the Governor can call the election to be held as soon as possible. However, a minimum a 18 day notice is required. All other special elections require a 45 day notice as long there are no school elections scheduled on the same day.[5]



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Tom Shipley defeated Art Hill in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]

Iowa State Senate, District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Shipley 71.7% 2,871
Art Hill 28.3% 1,135
Total Votes 4,006


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 19, 2010. Incumbent William Dotzler (D) defeated Ron Welper (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[9][10]

Iowa State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Dotzler Incumbent 63.3% 10,549
     Republican Ron Welper 36.7% 6,126
Total Votes 16,675

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 11 have raised a total of $111,572. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $10,143 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 11
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $16,373 1 $16,373
2010 $26,553 3 $8,851
2008 $20,037 2 $10,019
2006 $26,931 2 $13,466
2004 $9,579 1 $9,579
2002 $8,024 1 $8,024
2000 $4,075 1 $4,075
Total $111,572 11 $10,143
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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