|Iowa State Senate District 34|
|2011 - Present|
|January 8, 2017|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
Mathis' professional experience includes working as a television news anchor, reporter and producer, Board Director for Ohnward Bank, and Chief Information Officer at Four Oaks.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Mathis served on the following committees:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa|
|• Human Resources|
On her 2011 campaign site, Mathis details her policy goals:
- Jobs--5 Point Plan:
- "Give Iowa companies the first crack at state and local contracts"
- "Cut property taxes by $300 million for small businesses"
- "Support companies that hire Iowans" (via a tax credit)
- "Putting more Iowans to work" (through worker retraining)
- "Recruit high-tech jobs to Iowa"
Mathis discusses her candidacy.
- Education plan:
- "Increase the number of children who can read at a third-grade level" (in third grade)
- "Focus on job skills and worker training"
- "Stop cuts to classrooms"
- "Expand access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math"
- On October 26, KCRG-TV9 hosted a candidate forum. The debate will also air at 1pm on October 31 and at 8pm on November 1. Highlights from the forum can be found here.
- On October 27, the League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum. The debate will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Center.
- See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014
- See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012
Mathis ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, she ran in district 34. Mathis ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Ryan Flood (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Iowa State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Liz Mathis Incumbent||61.2%||21,178|
Prior to Dandekar's resignation, the partisan balance of the Senate favored Democrats 26-24. If Republicans can flip District 18, the Senate will be tied 25-25.
According to a poll of 878 likely voters, 52% favor Mathis while 46% favor Golding--the poll had a 3.3 margin of error. Mathis also leads in absentee ballots and fundraising. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) acknowledged that the race was an "uphill battle," attributing the disadvantage to Mathis' name recognition as a former television anchor. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling between November 4 and November 6. Details of the poll can be found here.
Comprehensive donor information for Mathis is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Mathis raised a total of $480,607 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.
|Liz Mathis's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Iowa State Senate, District 34||$124,774|
|2011||Iowa State Senate, District 18||$355,833|
|Grand Total Raised||$480,607|
2012Mathis won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Mathis raised a total of $124,774.
|Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Liz Mathis's campaign in 2012|
|Iowa Democratic Party||$63,533|
|Hawkeye Labor Council||$5,500|
|Associated General Contractors of Iowa||$3,000|
|International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$2,500|
|Iowa Motor Truck Association||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$124,774|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Mathis and her husband, Mark, have two children.
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- Mathis for State Senate, "Liz Mathis," Accessed October 27, 2011
- Des Moines Register, "Special Iowa Senate race debates scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday," October 25, 2011
- 'Desmoines Register, "Register Exclusive: Bruce Braley weighs bid for governor," January 13, 2013
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results"
- Iowa Department of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed April 17, 2012
- Governor Terry Branstad, "Special Election Proclamation," September 19, 2011
- DesMoines Register, "Democrat Liz Mathis is winner of special Iowa Senate election," November 8, 2011
- Stateline, "Iowa Senate control at stake in November special election," September 19
- Iowa City Patch, "Liz Mathis Polling Ahead in Senate District 18 Race, but Final Vote Should be Close," November 7, 2011
- followthemoney.org, "Mathis, Liz," accessed September 19, 2013
Dick Dearden (D)
|Iowa State Senate District 34
| Succeeded by|
|Iowa State Senate District 18
| Succeeded by|
Janet Petersen (D)