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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.<ref>[http://mathis4statesenate.com/liz-mathis-1.html Mathis for State Senate, "Liz Mathis," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://mathis4statesenate.com/liz-mathis-1.html Mathis for State Senate, "Liz Mathis," Accessed October 27, 2011]</ref>
  
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==Committee assignments==
 
===2013-2014===
 
===2013-2014===
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Mathis served on the following committees:
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Mathis served on the following committees:

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Liz Mathis
Liz Mathis.png
Iowa State Senate District 34
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionCommunications
CandidateVerification
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

2013-2014

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Commerce
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Education
Human Resources

Issues

Campaign themes

On her 2011 campaign site, Mathis details 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"

Debates

  • On October 26, KCRG-TV9 hosted a candidate forum. The debate will also air at 1pm on October 31 and at 8pm on November 1. Highlights from the forum can be found here.
  • On October 27, the League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum. The debate will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Center.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

Mathis is considered a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa in 2014.[3]

2012

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.[4][5]

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

2011

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

Mathis defeated Cindy Golding (R) in the November 8 special election.[6][7]

Partisan Balance

Prior to Dandekar's resignation, the partisan balance of the Senate favored Democrats 26-24. If Republicans can flip District 18, the Senate will be tied 25-25.[8]

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 leads 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. [9]

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

Personal

Mathis and her husband, Mark, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Dearden (D)
Iowa State Senate District 34
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Swati Dandekar
Iowa State Senate District 18
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Janet Petersen (D)