Tod Bowman

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Tod Bowman
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Iowa State Senate District 29
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLuther College
Master'sWestern Illinois University
Date of birthMarch 29, 1965
ReligionChristian - Lutheran
Office website
Tod Bowman (b. March 29, 1965) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Bowman received his B.A. in Social Sciences and Education from Luther College and his M.A. in Education from Western Illinois University. His professional experience includes working as a teacher for the Maquoketa Community School District, coaching wrestling and football and serving as President of the Maquoketa Area Education Association.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bowman served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Growth
State Government
Transportation, Chair


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


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


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Dix outlined these issues as his main concerns:[1]

  • Jobs - "New, better-paying jobs"
  • Taxes - "Government reform and more accountability for our tax dollars"
  • Education - "Restore full funding for pre-K through 12 education."
  • Military families - "We need to make sure our men and women serving overseas are taken care of when they return and we must have safe communities in which to raise our families."



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. Incumbent Tod R. Bowman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while James R. Budde defeated James A. Heavens in the Republican primary. Bowman faced Budde in the general election[2][3] and incumbent Bowman defeated the challenger.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 29 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTod Bowman Incumbent 54.6% 13,245
     Republican James R. Budde 45.3% 11,002
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 22
Total Votes 24,269
Iowa State Senate, District 29 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames R. Budde 58.3% 1,262
James A. Heavens 41.7% 901
Total Votes 2,163


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Bowman defeated Republican candidate Andrew Naeve by a margin of 10,017 to 9,947 in the November 2 general election.[5] Democratic candidate Roger Stewart did not run for re-election.

In the June 8 primary election, Bowman faced candidates Brian Moore (729), Ed O'Neill (232) and Paul Feller (54). Bowman won the primary with 1,573 votes.[6]

Iowa State Senate, District 13 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tod Bowman (D) 10,017 50.2%
Andrew Naeve (R) 9,947 49.8%
Iowa State Senate, District 13 - Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tod Bowman 1,573 60.8%
Brian Moore 729 28.2%
Ed O'Neill 232 9%
Paul Feller 54 2.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Bowman raised $109,412 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $59,012
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Afscme Iowa Council 61 $2,204
Food & Commercial Workers District 431 $2,000


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Iowa

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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[8]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.


Bowman and his wife, Renee, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Boettger (R)
Iowa State Senate District 29
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Roger Stewart
Iowa State Senate District 13
Succeeded by
Kent Sorenson (R)