Iowa State Senate District 13

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Iowa State Senate District 13
Current incumbentVacant
Ethnicity2.2% Black, 1.6% Hispanic
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Iowa's thirteenth state senate district is currently Vacant.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 57,521 civilians reside within Iowa's thirteenth state senate district.[1] 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."[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 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.[4]



See also: Alabama state legislative special elections, 2013

Julian B. Garrett (R) won election in the special election for Iowa State Senate District 13. The seat was vacant following Kent Sorenson's (R) resignation following allegations of ethics violations. Garrett was selected as the Republican nominee at an October 17 caucus. He defeated Mark Davitt (D) in the special election, which took place on November 19.[5][6][7][8][9]

Iowa State Senate, District 13, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett 58.2% 4,908
     Democratic Mark Davitt 41.8% 3,522
Total Votes 8,430


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. Tod Bowman (D) defeated Andrew Naeve (R) in the general election. Bowman defeated Brian Moore, Ed O'Neill and Paul Feller in the Democratic primary, while Naeve was unopposed in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Iowa State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTod Bowman 50.2% 10,017
     Republican Andrew Naeve 49.8% 9,947
Total Votes 19,964

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 13 have raised a total of $1,431,956. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $84,233 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 13
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $575,016 2 $287,508
2010 $70,594 2 $35,297
2008 $431,756 4 $107,939
2006 $111,252 3 $37,084
2004 $138,612 2 $69,306
2002 $26,118 2 $13,059
2000 $78,608 2 $39,304
Total $1,431,956 17 $84,233
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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