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Iowa State Senate District 45

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Iowa State Senate District 45
Current incumbentJoe Seng Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.9% Black, 2.8% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Iowa's forty-fifth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Joe Seng.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 60,365 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-fifth 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 M. Seng defeated Mark James Riley in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]

Iowa State Senate, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Seng Incumbent 82% 614
Mark Riley 18% 135
Total Votes 749


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. Sandra Greiner (R) defeated incumbent Becky Schmitz (D) and Douglas Phillips (Iowa Party) in the general election. Schmitz was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Greiner defeated Randy Besick and Rick Marlar in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Iowa State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Greiner 50.7% 11,664
     Republican Becky Schmitz Incumbent 44.3% 10,196
     Iowa Party Douglas Phillips 4.9% 1,131
Total Votes 22,991

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 45 have raised a total of $1,405,862. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $108,143 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 45
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $4,611 1 $4,611
2010 $716,232 5 $143,246
2008 $26,481 1 $26,481
2006 $369,062 2 $184,531
2004 $7,380 1 $7,380
2002 $278,451 2 $139,226
2000 $3,645 1 $3,645
Total $1,405,862 13 $108,143

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