Brian Schoenjahn

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Brian Schoenjahn
Iowa State Senate District 12
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Years in position 9
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Arlington
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
Master'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
ProfessionVolunteer Emergency Medical Technician
Office website
Personal website
Brian Schoenjan is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 12. Schoenjahn was Mayor of Arlington from 1977 to 2004. He joined the Iowa State Senate in 2005.

Schoenjahn earned his BA in Social Science from the University of Northern Iowa. He went on to earn his MA in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Schoenjahn was a teacher for Starmont Community Schools from 1972 to 2005.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schoenjahn has been appointed to these committees:


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Schoenjahn ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, he ran in district 32. Schoenjahn ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Elliott Henderson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Schoenjahn Incumbent 53.2% 16,338
     Republican Elliott Henderson 46.8% 14,346
Total Votes 30,684


On November 4, 2008, Schoenjahn was re-elected to the 12th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Rebecca Wearmouth (R).[3] Schoenjahn raised $126,771 for his campaign, while Wearmouth raised $5,074. [4]

Iowa State Senate, District 12 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Schoenjahn (D) 17,402
Rebecca Wearmouth (R) 9,641

Campaign donors


In 2008 Schoenjahn collected $126,771 in donations.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $57,729
1st Gateway Credit Union $6,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $3,000
Master Builders of Iowa $2,500


Schoenjahn and his wife, Barbara, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald B. Redfern
Iowa State Senate District 12
Succeeded by
Joni Ernst (R)