Iowa State Senate District 47
|Iowa State Senate District 47|
|Current incumbent||Roby Smith|
|Ethnicity||1% Black, 4.5% Hispanic|
|Voting age||76.1% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 6, 2018|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 57,346 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-seventh state senate district. 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."
- 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.
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.
- 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. Incumbent Smith defeated challenger Bribiesco in the general election.
|Iowa State Senate, District 47 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Roby Smith Incumbent||56.4%||14,988|
- 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.
|Iowa State Senate, District 47, General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Keith Kreiman Incumbent||50%||9,572|
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|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
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- "Iowa Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013
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- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed July 7, 2014
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- "2010 Iowa Primary Results," October 16, 2013
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