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Revision as of 16:14, 19 September 2013

Liz Mathis
Liz Mathis.png
Iowa State Senate District 34
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
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 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"


  • 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]



See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

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


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


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

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.[10]

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.


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)