Liz Mathis

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Liz Mathis
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Iowa State Senate District 34
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Liz Mathis is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber on 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.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Human Resources


Campaign themes

On her 2011 campaign site, Mathis detailed 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"



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.[2][3]

Iowa State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLiz Mathis Incumbent 61.2% 21,178
     Republican Ryan Flood 38.8% 13,401
Total Votes 34,579


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Iowa state legislative special elections, 2011

Mathis defeated Cindy Golding (R) in the November 8 special election.[4][5]

Pre-election polling

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 led 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.[6]

Campaign donors

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.[7]

Liz Mathis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 34 Won $124,774
2011 Iowa State Senate, District 18 Won $355,833
Grand Total Raised $480,607


Mathis 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


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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."
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Mathis and her husband, Mark, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Dearden (D)
Iowa State Senate District 34
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Swati Dandekar
Iowa State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Janet Petersen (D)