Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

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Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate were held in Iowa on November 6, 2012. A total of 26 seats were up for election. In a normal election year, there would be 25 seats up for election. However, because incumbent Robert Bacon (R) chose to retire halfway through his term, his seat was up for election as well.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 16, 2012. The primary Election Day was June 5, 2012.

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012
Map of Iowa Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 18 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Iowa

Compared with other states, Iowa features a uniquely nonpartisan approach to redrawing legislative districts. The Iowa Legislative Services Agency uses computer software to generate a proposed redistricting map, disregarding all factors except population. Although the legislature must still approve the final maps, lawmakers are not permitted to revise a plan until two previous plans have been rejected. In 2011, lawmakers approved the first plan submitted by the Agency.

Due to population shifts, the legislative plan drew a number of incumbents into neighboring districts where they face other sitting legislators. The Senate plan involved seven of these matchups, including one Democratic pairing, two bi-partisan matchups, and three Republican pairings. Notably, the plan drew Senate President John Kibbie (D) and incumbent David Johnson (R) into the same district. The House plan included one bi-partisan matchup, three Democratic pairings, and 9 Republican pairings. The plan also left 14 of the state's 100 House districts without an incumbent. Some incumbents retired or re-located to avoid facing a fellow party member or entrenched incumbent.

 Iowa Redistricting: 2000 vs. 2010 Census Maps 

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Iowa State Senate:

Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election'
     Democratic Party 26 26
     Republican Party 24 23
     Vacancy 1
Total 50 50
See also: Ballotpedia:"Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections

Incumbents retiring

A total of eight incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Gene Fraise Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 46
James Seymour Ends.png Republican Senate District 28
John Kibbie Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 4
Paul McKinley Ends.png Republican Senate District 36
Robert Bacon Ends.png Republican Senate District 5
Steve Kettering Ends.png Republican Senate District 26
Tom Hancock Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 16
Tom Rielly Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 38

Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Iowa in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 55 $5,058,528
2008 79 $6,045,502
2006 75 $7,456,412
2004 74 $7,217,102
2002 98 $4,266,190

In 2010, a total of $5,058,528 was raised in campaign contributions by those running for state senate. The top donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $1,540,045
Iowa Republican Party $607,907
Iowans for Tax Relief $112,250
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $89,750
Iowa Credit Union League $80,000
Iowa Dental Association $71,550
Iowa Bankers Association $69,500
Iowa Farm Bureau $66,779
Iowa Healthcare Association $66,250
Butler County Republican Central Cmte $61,300

Qualifications

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."[3]

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Randy Feenstra: 2,774 Approveda Incumbent Feenstra first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Randy Feenstra: 26,030 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Note: Incumbent Democrat John Kibbie did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Jennings: 14,299
Republican Party Dennis Guth: 16,033 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Note: Incumbent Republican Merlin Bartz ran for re-election in District 26.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary C. Bruner: 12,058
Republican Party Mark Segebart: 16,023 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

note: Incumbent Democrat Mary Jo Wilhelm won re-election in District 26.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael E. Gronstal: 12,632 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Al Ringgenberg: 10,198

District 10

Note: Incumbent Democrat Jeff Danielson won re-election in District 30.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jake Chapman: 22,594 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Note: Incumbent Democrat Brian Schoenjahn won re-election in District 32.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Joni K. Ernst: 5,611 Approveda- Incumbent Ernst first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joni K. Ernst: 22,205 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent Democrat Pam Jochum won re-election in District 50.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dick Schrad: 11,011
Republican Party Amy Sinclair: 17,141 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Note: Incumbent Democrat Tom Hancock did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dick L. Dearden: 16,065Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Scott Edwards: 8,469

District 18

Note: Incumbent Democrat Liz Mathis won re-election in District 34.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Janet Petersen: 18,954 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Vicki Stogdill: 8,455

District 20

Note: Incumbent Republican Tim Kapucian won re-election in District 38.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Brad Zaun: 1,479 Approveda- Incumbent Zaun first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Brad Zaun: 24,236 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Note: Incumbent Democrat Steven Sodders won re-election in District 36.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

See also: Iowa state legislative special elections, 2012

Due to Pat Ward's death on October 15, the seat will be decided in a special election on December 11, 2012. Ward and Adams remained on the November ballot, with counts to be tabulated but not canvassed. Republican Party officials held a special nominating convention to name a replacement candidate to face Adams in the December 11 special election. Republicans had until November 13 to name a candidate.[4]

District 24

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Jerry Behn: 2,113 Approveda- Incumbent Behn first assumed office in 1997.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shelly Stotts: 14,049
Republican Party Jerry Behn: 17,035 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Note: Incumbent Republican Steve Kettering did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Mary Jo Wilhelm: 1,197 Approveda- Incumbent Wilhelm first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Merlin Bartz: 2,104 Approveda- Incumbent Bartz first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary Jo Wilhelm: 15,530 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Merlin Bartz: 15,404

District 28

Note: Incumbent Republican James Seymour did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Beard: 14,833
Republican Party Michael Breitbach: 14,867 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Note: Incumbent Republican Pat Ward, who had been running for re-election in District 22, died on October 15, 2012.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Jeff Danielson: 421 Approveda- Incumbent Danielson first assumed office in 2006.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Danielson: 16,946 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Matt Reisetter: 16,265

District 32

Note: Incumbent Republican Brad Zaun won re-election in District 20.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian Schoenjahn: 16,338 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Elliott Henderson: 14,346

District 34

Note: Incumbent Democrat Dick Dearden won re-election in District 16.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Liz Mathis: 1,157 Approveda- Incumbent Mathis first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

Note: Shannon withdrew on July 4, stating that she was joining the "Republic of the United States of America," which she called the "original government." The current federal government, she said, is illegitimate, calling it an "Unlawful Corporate Democracy."[5]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Liz Mathis: 21,178 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ryan Flood: 13,401

District 36

Note: Incumbent Republican Paul McKinley did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Sodders: 927 Approveda- Incumbent Sodders first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Sodders: 15,733 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jane A. Jech: 13,360

District 38

Note: Incumbent Democrat Tom Rielly did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Tim Kapucian: 1,799 Approveda- Incumbent Kapucian first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shelley Parbs: 14,137
Republican Party Tim Kapucian: 17,124 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Note: Incumbent Republican James Hahn ran for re-election in District 46.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Tripp: 11,670
Republican Party Ken Rozenboom: 17,628 Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Note: Incumbent Republican Shawn Hamerlinck ran for re-election in District 46.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rich Taylor: 15,058 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Larry W. Kruse: 13,281
Independent Michael Garmoe (Nominated by petition): 1,396

District 44

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas G. Courtney: 16,125 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brad Bourn: 12,168

District 46

Note: Incumbent Democrat Gene Fraise did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Jim Hahn: 947 - Incumbent Hahn first assumed office in 2005.
  • Shawn Hamerlinck: 1,476 Approveda- Incumbent Hamerlinck first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chris Brase: 15,960 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Shawn Hamerlinck: 13,950

District 48

Note: Incumbent Republican Joni Ernst won re-election in District 12.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nate Willems: 15,858
Republican Party Dan Zumbach: 16,415 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Note: Due to redistricting, the new District 49 is an open seat. Old District 49 incumbent Republican Hubert Houser was moved into District 11 and did not run for re-election in 2012.[6]

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rita Hart: 17,305 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Andrew Naeve: 14,398

District 50

Note: Incumbent Democrat Michael Gronstal won re-election in District 8.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Pam Jochum: 846 Approveda- Incumbent Jochum first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pam Jochum: 20,808 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party William Johnson: 9,790

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