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Robert Dvorsky
Iowa State Senate District 37
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 12
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
Coralville City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa, 1972
Master'sUniversity of Iowa, 1984
Date of birthAugust 18, 1948
Place of birthBurlington, IA
ProfessionJob Developer
Office website
(dead link) Personal website
Robert Dvorsky (b. August 18, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1986 to 1994. Dvorsky served on the Coralville City Council from 1979 to 1986 and as Mason City Superintendent of Recreation from 1973 to 1979.


Dvorsky earned his B.S. and M.P.A. from the University of Iowa in 1972 and 1984, respectively. His professional experience includes owning a small business, working as Supervisor of Recreation for the Mason City Parks and Recreation Department, Coordinator of JTPA, Job Developer for the 6th District Department of Correctional Services and for East Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium in Cedar Rapids.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations, Chair
Local Government
Rules and Administration


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


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Robert E. Dvorsky was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3][4]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Dvorsky defeated Libertarian candidate Christopher Peters by a margin of 17,964 to 6,092 in the November 2 general election. No Republicans filed to run for this seat.[5]

In the June 8 primary election, Dvorsky ran unopposed.[6]

Iowa State Senate, District 15 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Dvorsky (D) 17,964 74.7%
Christopher Peters (L) 6,092 25.3%


On November 7, 2006, Dvorsky was re-elected to the 15th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate with no opposition.[7] Dvorsky raised $57,806 for his campaign.[8]

Iowa State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Dvorsky (D) 19,027

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Dvorsky was up for re-election, he collected $68,543 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Iowa State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Dvorsky's campaign in 2010
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association$5,250
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$3,500
Iowa Credit Union League$3,500
Iowa Dental Association$3,000
Iowa Medical Society$2,750
Total Raised in 2010 $68,543


In 2006 Dvorsky collected $57,806 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $3,500
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 $3,000
Iowa Credit Union League $2,500
Iowa Healthcare Association $2,500


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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[11]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.


Dvorsky and his wife, Susan, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kent Sorenson (R)
Iowa State Senate District 37
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Betty Soukup
Iowa State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Dennis Black (D)