Iowa State Senate District 42

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Iowa State Senate District 42
Current incumbentRich Taylor Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.7% Black, 2.1% Hispanic
Voting age75.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Iowa's forty-second state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Rich Taylor.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 62,375 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-second 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: 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. Rich Taylor (D) defeated Larry W. Kruse (R) in the general election. Taylor defeated Donna Amandus and Bob Morawitz in the Democratic primary, while Kruse defeated Lee Harder in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Iowa State Senate, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRich Taylor 50.6% 15,058
     Republican Larry Kruse 44.7% 13,281
     Independent Michael Garmoe 4.7% 1,396
Total Votes 29,735
Iowa State Senate, District 42 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRich Taylor 49.8% 1,446
Donna Amandus 35.6% 1,032
Bob Morawitz 14.6% 423
Total Votes 2,901
Iowa State Senate, District 42 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry W. Kruse 71.1% 2,324
Lee Harder 28.9% 943
Total Votes 3,267

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 42 have raised a total of $2,022,899. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $112,383 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 42
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $599,498 5 $119,900
2010 $55,664 1 $55,664
2008 $383,217 3 $127,739
2006 $16,202 1 $16,202
2004 $462,548 3 $154,183
2002 $124,834 3 $41,611
2000 $380,936 2 $190,468
Total $2,022,899 18 $112,383

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