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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 serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.

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