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Iowa State Senate District 16

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Iowa State Senate District 16
Current incumbentDick Dearden Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.1% Black, 0.9% Hispanic[1]
Voting age74.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Iowa's sixteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Dick Dearden.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 62,654 civilians reside within Iowa's sixteenth 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, 2012

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate 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 Dick Dearden (D) defeated David Scott Edwards (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7]

Iowa State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDick Dearden Incumbent 65.5% 16,065
     Republican David Scott Edwards 34.5% 8,469
Total Votes 24,534

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 16 have raised a total of $1,129,740. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $75,316 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $63,785 2 $31,893
2010 $19,098 1 $19,098
2008 $329,622 3 $109,874
2006 $10,153 1 $10,153
2004 $330,013 2 $165,007
2002 $152,079 3 $50,693
2000 $224,990 3 $74,997
Total $1,129,740 15 $75,316

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