Iowa State Senate District 29

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Iowa State Senate District 29
Current incumbentTod Bowman Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.2% Black, 1.2% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Iowa's twenty-ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Tod Bowman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 54,648 civilians reside within Iowa's twenty-ninth 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. Incumbent Tod R. Bowman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while James R. Budde defeated James A. Heavens in the Republican primary. Bowman faced Budde in the general election[6][7] and incumbent Bowman defeated the challenger.[8]

Iowa State Senate, District 29 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTod Bowman Incumbent 54.6% 13,245
     Republican James R. Budde 45.3% 11,002
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 22
Total Votes 24,269
Iowa State Senate, District 29 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames R. Budde 58.3% 1,262
James A. Heavens 41.7% 901
Total Votes 2,163


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 Nancy Boettger (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.[9][10]

Iowa State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Boettger Incumbent 100% 16,127
Total Votes 16,127

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 29 have raised a total of $165,165. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $16,517 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 29
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $2,958 1 $2,958
2010 $40,875 1 $40,875
2008 $12,296 1 $12,296
2006 $23,756 1 $23,756
2004 $7,416 1 $7,416
2002 $71,919 4 $17,980
2000 $5,945 1 $5,945
Total $165,165 10 $16,517
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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