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Iowa State Senate District 43

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Iowa State Senate District 43
Current incumbentJoe Bolkcom Democratic Party
Ethnicity10.8% Black, 6.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age75.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Iowa's forty-third state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 59,021 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-third 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 Joe Bolkcom was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8][9]


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 Joe Seng (D) defeated Mark Riley (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Riley defeated Mark Holloway in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Iowa State Senate, District 43, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Seng Incumbent 62.3% 9,894
     Republican Mark Riley 37.7% 5,991
Total Votes 15,885

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 43 have raised a total of $142,446. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $12,950 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 43
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $5,154 1 $5,154
2010 $33,934 3 $11,311
2008 $9,417 1 $9,417
2006 $21,501 1 $21,501
2004 $9,660 1 $9,660
2002 $25,872 3 $8,624
2000 $36,908 1 $36,908
Total $142,446 11 $12,950
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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