Iowa State Senate District 28

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Iowa State Senate District 28
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Current incumbentMichael Breitbach Republican Party
Population56,661
Ethnicity0.5% Black, 5.7% Hispanic
Voting age75.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Iowa's twenty-eighth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Michael Breitbach.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 56,661 civilians reside within Iowa's twenty-eighth 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.

Qualifications

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]

Salaries

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]

Vacancies

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]

Elections

2012

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. Michael Breitbach (R) defeated John Beard (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[5][6]

Iowa State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Breitbach 50.1% 14,867
     Democratic John Beard 49.9% 14,833
Total Votes 29,700

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 28 have raised a total of $790,272. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $71,843 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 28
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $522,874 2 $261,437
2010 $10,433 1 $10,433
2008 $34,021 1 $34,021
2006 $12,732 1 $12,732
2004 $29,045 1 $29,045
2002 $102,909 3 $34,303
2000 $78,258 2 $39,129
Total $790,272 11 $71,843

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