Brian Schoenjahn

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Brian Schoenjahn
Iowa State Senate District 32
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 10
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
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 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. Schoenjahn served as the Mayor of Arlington from 1977 to 2004.


Schoenjahn earned his B.A. in Social Science from the University of Northern Iowa and his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa. His professional experience includes working as a teacher for Starmont Community Schools.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Education, Vice-chair
Government Oversight, Vice-chair
Local Government
Natural Resources & Environment


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schoenjahn served on 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

Comprehensive donor information for Schoenjahn is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Schoenjahn raised a total of $548,660 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Brian Schoenjahn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 32 Won $189,445
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $16,184
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 12 Won $126,771
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $14,692
2004 Iowa State Senate, District 12 Won $201,568
Grand Total Raised $548,660


Schoenjahn won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schoenjahn raised a total of $189,445.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Schoenjahn's campaign in 2012
Iowa Democratic Party$111,717
Food & Commercial Workers District 431$10,000
Iowa Farm Bureau$3,807
Iowa Credit Union League$3,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$189,445
Source:Follow the Money


In 2008 Schoenjahn collected $126,771 in donations.[6]

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


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[7]

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Schoenjahn and his wife, Barbara, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Zaun (R)
Iowa State Senate District 32
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Donald B. Redfern
Iowa State Senate District 12
Succeeded by
Joni Ernst (R)