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Iowa State Senate District 47

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Iowa State Senate District 47
Current incumbentRoby Smith Republican Party
Ethnicity1% Black, 4.5% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Iowa's forty-seventh state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Roby Smith.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 57,346 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-seventh 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. Maria Bribriesco was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Roby Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bribriesco faced Smith in the general election.[6][7][8] Incumbent Smith defeated challenger Bribiesco in the general election.[9]

Iowa State Senate, District 47 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoby Smith Incumbent 56.4% 14,988
     Democratic Maria Bribriesco 43.6% 11,580
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 19
Total Votes 26,587


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. Mark Chelgren (R) defeated incumbent Keith Kreiman (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[10][11]

Iowa State Senate, District 47, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Chelgren 50% 9,582
     Democratic Keith Kreiman Incumbent 50% 9,572
Total Votes 19,154

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 47 have raised a total of $315,792. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $26,316 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 47
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $6,375 1 $6,375
2010 $63,579 2 $31,790
2008 $13,114 1 $13,114
2006 $146,281 3 $48,760
2004 $5,308 1 $5,308
2002 $68,247 3 $22,749
2000 $12,888 1 $12,888
Total $315,792 12 $26,316
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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