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Joe Bolkcom
Iowa State Senate District 43
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 11
Majority Whip, Iowa State Senate
2013 - present
Assistant Majority Leader, Iowa State Senate
2007 - 2012
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSaint Ambrose University, 1983
Master'sUniversity of Iowa, 1988
BirthdayJuly 29, 1956
Place of birthBloomington, MN
Office website
Personal website
Joe Bolkcom (b. July 29, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Bolkcom served as County Supervisor for Johnson County from 1993 to 1998.

Bolkcom serves as Majority Whip.


Bolkcom earned his B.A. from Saint Ambrose University in 1983 and his M.P.A. from the University of Iowa in 1988. His professional experience includes working as Director of Senior Education, Incorporated, and Senior Advocates, Incorporated and with the Johnson County Health Department from 1988 to 1992.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bolkcom served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Human Resources
Natural Resources & Environment
Ways and Means, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bolkcom served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bolkcom served on these committees:



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate will consist of a primary election on June 3, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Joe Bolkcom is unopposed in the Democratic primary.[1]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Bolkcom won re-election to the 39th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate with no opposition. He received 19,485 votes.

He had no opposition in the Democratic primary election on June 8th.[2]

Iowa State Senate, District 39 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Joe Bolkcom (D) 19,485 100%


On November 7, 2006, Bolkcom was re-elected to the 39th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Jay Christensen-Szalanski (R).[3] Bolkcom raised $60,912 for his campaign, while Christensen-Szalanski raised $13,615.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 39 (2006)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Bolkcom (D) 14,816
Jay Christensen-Szalanski (R) 4,095

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Bolkcom was up for re-election, he collected $41,325 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006 Bolkcom collected $60,912 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Credit Union League $3,500
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $2,500
Forward Together PAC $2,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $1,500

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Seng (D)
Iowa State Senate District 43
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joann Douglas
Iowa State Senate District 39
Succeeded by
Sandra Greiner (R)