Iowa State Senate District 49

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Iowa State Senate District 49
Current incumbentRita Hart Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.9% Black, 1.7% Hispanic
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Iowa's forty-ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Rita Hart.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 60,560 civilians reside within Iowa's forty-ninth 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. Rita Hart (D) defeated Andrew Naeve (R) in the general election and defeated Dorothy O'Brien in the Democratic primary. Naeve was unopposed in the Republican primary.[5][6]

Iowa State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRita Hart 54.6% 17,305
     Republican Andrew Naeve 45.4% 14,398
Total Votes 31,703
Iowa State Senate, District 49 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRita Hart 53.5% 1,289
Dorothy O'Brien 46.5% 1,121
Total Votes 2,410

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 49 have raised a total of $815,184. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $81,518 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 49
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $675,037 3 $225,012
2010 $43,956 2 $21,978
2008 $4,723 1 $4,723
2006 $22,770 1 $22,770
2004 $16,890 1 $16,890
2002 $38,894 1 $38,894
2000 $12,914 1 $12,914
Total $815,184 10 $81,518

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