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William Dotzler
Iowa State Senate District 31
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
Associate'sNorth Iowa Area Community College, 1969
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa, 1975
Place of birthSt.Paul, MN
Office website
Personal website
William Dotzler is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002.

Dotzler serves as Assistant Majority Leader.


Dotzler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975. His professional experience includes working as President of Waterloo Visiting Nursing Association and Machine Operator and Labor Representative for John Deere & Company. He served in the United States Army Security Agency in Military Intelligence from 1969 to 1972.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Human Resources
Labor and Business Relations
Ways and Means


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dotzler 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 Bill Dotzler was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3][4]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Dotzler defeated Republican candidate Ron Welper by a margin of 10,459 to 6,126 in the November 2 general election.[5]

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

Iowa State Senate, District 11 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Dotzler (D) 10,549 65%
Ron Welper (R) 6,126 35%


On November 7, 2006, Dotzler was re-elected to the 11th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Jim Buschkamp (R).[7] Dotzler raised $40,931 for his campaign, while Buschkamp raised $2,856.[8]

Iowa State Senate, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Dotzler (D) 11,782
Jim Buschkamp (R) 5,033

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Dotzler was up for re-election, he collected $56,581 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Hawaii State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Dotzler's campaign in 2010
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association$5,250
Associated General Contractors Of Iowa$3,000
John Deere & Co$2,500
Iowa Credit Union League$2,000
Iowa Dental Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $56,581


In 2006 Dotzler collected $40,931 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $3,000
Forward Together PAC $2,000
John Deere & Co. $1,750
Revenues for Mainstreet Iowa $1,300

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matt McCoy (D)
Iowa State Senate District 31
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John W. Jensen
Iowa Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Hubert Houser (R)