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Michael Gronstal

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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
Prior offices
Iowa House of Representatives
1982 - 1984
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. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013 and served a term from 1985 to 2013. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1982 to 1984.

Gronstal serves as Senate Majority Leader.


Gronstal earned his B.A. 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 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.[1][2]

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).[3] Gronstal raised $690,121 for his campaign, while Brandenburg raised $12,224.[4]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Gronstal is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Gronstal raised a total of $3,833,884 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Michael Gronstal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 8 Won $1,250,488
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 50 Not up for election $533,995
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 50 Won $690,121
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 50 Not up for election $554,216
2004 Iowa State Senate, District 50 Won $406,211
2000 Iowa State Senate, District 42 Won $292,293
1998 Iowa State Senate, District 42 Not up for election $106,560
Grand Total Raised $3,833,884


Gronstal won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gronstal raised a total of $1,250,488.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Gronstal's campaign in 2012
Iowa Democratic Party$196,129
Iowa Healthcare Association$41,000
Eychaner, Fred$25,000
Iowa Association Of Realtors$23,500
Total Raised in 2012$1,250,488
Source:Follow the Money


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)