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Michael Gronstal
Iowa State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 30
Majority Leader, Iowa State Senate,
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAntioch College
Date of birthJanuary 29, 1950
Place of birthCouncil Bluffs, IA
Office website
Personal website
Michael E. Gronstal (b. January 29, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 8 since 2013. He previously represented District 50 from 1985 to 2013. He currently serves as the Senate Majority Leader.

Gronstal was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 1984. He previously served on the Iowa House of Representatives. He also chaired the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party from 1986-1988, and serves on the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee.

Gronstal attended Loyola University. He went on to receive his BA from Antioch College.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Rules and Administration, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gronstal served on this committee:


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



See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

Gronstal is considered a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa in 2014.[1]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Gronstal ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, he ran in district 8. Gronstal ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and defeated Al Ringgenberg in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Iowa State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Gronstal Incumbent 55.3% 12,632
     Republican Al Ringgenberg 44.7% 10,198
Total Votes 22,830


On November 4, 2008, Gronstal was re-elected to the 50th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Mark A. Brandenburg (R). [4] Gronstal raised $690,121 for his campaign, while Brandenburg raised $12,224. [5]

Iowa State Senate, District 50 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Gronstal (D) 13,375
Mark A. Brandenburg (R) 9,740

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008 Gronstal collected $690,121 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa State Education Association $151,250
Service Employees International Union $25,000
Iowa Democratic Party $21,881
Wells Fargo $13,500


Gronstal and his wife, Connie Meisenbach, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Jo Wilhelm (D)
Iowa State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa State Senate District 50
Succeeded by
Pam Jochum (D)