Iowa State Senate District 8

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Iowa State Senate District 8
Current incumbentMichael Gronstal Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.6% Black, 2% Hispanic
Voting age77.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Iowa's eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Michael Gronstal.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 57,073 civilians reside within Iowa's eighth 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. Incumbent Michael Gronstal (D) defeated Al Ringgenberg (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[5][6]

Iowa State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Gronstal Incumbent 55.3% 12,632
     Republican Al Ringgenberg 44.7% 10,198
Total Votes 22,830

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Iowa State Senate District 8 have raised a total of $632,557. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $42,170 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Iowa State Senate District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $35,860 2 $17,930
2010 $193,041 4 $48,260
2008 $240,626 2 $120,313
2006 $19,795 1 $19,795
2004 $36,995 2 $18,498
2002 $22,386 2 $11,193
2000 $83,854 2 $41,927
Total $632,557 15 $42,170
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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