Iowa State Senate District 38

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Iowa State Senate District 38
Current incumbentTim Kapucian Republican Party
Ethnicity1.1% Black, 1.7% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Iowa's thirty-eighth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Tim Kapucian.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 58,661 civilians reside within Iowa's thirty-eighth 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 Tim Kapucian (R) defeated Shelley Parbs (D) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Parbs defeated LaForest Sherman and Nicholas Volk in the Democratic primary.[6][7]

Iowa State Senate, District 38, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Kapucian Incumbent 54.8% 17,124
     Democratic Shelley Parbs 45.2% 14,137
Total Votes 31,261
Iowa State Senate, District 38 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Parbs 57.9% 735
Nicholas G. Volk 23.6% 299
LaForest Sherman 18.5% 235
Total Votes 1,269

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 38 have raised a total of $1,067,860. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $82,143 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 38
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $220,012 4 $55,003
2010 $33,825 1 $33,825
2008 $256,234 2 $128,117
2006 $34,066 1 $34,066
2004 $486,314 2 $243,157
2002 $0 1 $0
2000 $37,409 2 $18,705
Total $1,067,860 13 $82,143

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