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November 7th, 2012

Iowa Senate Currently Stands at 25 Democrats, 23 Republicans

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Written by: Craig Robinson

Republicans in the Iowa Senate failed capture a majority of chamber’s 50 seats in Tuesday’s election.  Democrats maintained control of 25 seats, while Republicans control 23 seats.  Senate District 22 will have a special election in December following the death of State Senator Pat Ward.  The result in Senate District 42 was undetermined at the time of publication.

Republicans lost their opportunity to gain control of the chamber when two incumbents, Sen. Merlin Bartz and Sen. Shawn Hamerlinck failed to win re-election.  The Republican effort in the Iowa Senate was also stymied by Mitt Romney’s poor performance in eastern Iowa.

Below is the current make up of the Senate.  Members in red are Republicans.  Democrats are in blue.

SD 1: David Johnson

SD 2: Randy Feenstra

SD 3: Bill Anderson

SD 4: Dennis Guth

SD 5: Democrat Holdover

SD 6: Mark Segebart

SD 7: Rick Bertrand

SD 8: Gronstal

SD 9: Nancy Boettger

SD10: Jake Chapman

SD 11: Hubert Houser

SD 12: Joni Ernst

SD 13: Kent Sorenson

SD 14: Amy Sinclair

SD 15: Democrat Holdover

SD 16: Dearden

SD 17:Democrat Holdover

SD 18: Petersen

SD 19: Jack Whitver

SD 20: Brad Zaun

SD 21:Democrat Holdover

SD 22: Special Election in December

SD 23: Democrat Holdover

SD 24: Jerry Behn

SD 25: Bill Dix

SD 26: Wilhelm

SD 27: Democrat Holdover

SD 28: Michael Breitbach

SD 29: Democrat Holdover

SD 30: Danielson

SD 31: Bill Dotzler

SD 32: Schoenjahn

SD 33: Democrat Holdover

SD 34: Mathis

SD 35: Democrat Holdover

SD 36: Sodders

SD 37: Democrat Holdover

SD 38: Tim Kapucian

SD 39: Sandy Greiner

SD 40: Ken Rozenboom

SD 41: Mark Chelgren

SD 42: Larry Kruse/Rich Taylor – UNDETERMINED

SD 43: Democrat Holdover

SD 44: Courtney

SD 45: Democrat Holdover

SD 46: Brase

SD 47: Roby Smith

SD 48: Dan Zumbach

SD 49: Hart

SD 50: Jochum

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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