Mary Jo Wilhelm

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Mary Jo Wilhelm
Iowa State Senate District 26
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 6
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionFounder/Owner, Wilhelm Appraisers
Office website
Personal website
Mary Jo Wilhelm is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 26. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Wilhelm's professional experience includes working as the founder/owner of Wilhelm Appraisers.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Human Resources, Vice-chair
Local Government, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wilhelm served on these committees:


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Wilhelm ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, she ran in district 26. Wilhelm ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated District 6 incumbent Merlin Bartz in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Jo Wilhelm Incumbent 50.2% 15,530
     Republican Merlin Bartz Incumbent 49.8% 15,404
Total Votes 30,934


On November 4, 2008, Wilhelm was elected to the 8th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Mark Zieman (R). [3] Wilhelm raised $207,123 for her campaign, while Zieman raised $191,454. [4]

Iowa State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Jo Wilhelm (D) 14,862
Mark Zieman (R) 13,836

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wilhelm is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Wilhelm raised a total of $746,258 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Mary Jo Wilhelm's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 26 Won $532,466
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $6,669
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 8 Won $207,123
Grand Total Raised $746,258


Wilhelm won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wilhelm raised a total of $532,466.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Jo Wilhelm's campaign in 2012
Iowa Senate Majority Fund$384,991
Iowa Association for Justice$28,500
Food & Commercial Workers District 431$10,000
Ricketts, Laura M$5,000
Schmidt, Sarah$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$532,466
Source: Follow the Money


In 2008 Wilhelm collected $207,123 in donations.[6]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $170,751
Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO $5,400
Emily's List $4,535
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association $3,000


Wilhelm and her husband, Michael, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Kettering (R)
Iowa State Senate District 26
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mark Zieman
Iowa State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Michael Gronstal (D)