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2014 Election Summary
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The Iowa Legislature will remain the same as it has been—split government. The Senate will be controlled by the Democrats--26 to 24. The House will be controlled by the Republicans--56 to 44, or perhaps a 57 to 43 margin, depending upon the outcome of a very tight House race. Leadership is expected to remain the same in the Senate. Michael Gronstal would be the Majority Leader and Pam Jochum the President of the Senate. Bill Dix, the Republican Minority Leader.

On the House side leadership is expected to remain the same, although there have been rumors of possible challenges. Kraig Paulsen will be the Speaker of the House and Mark Smith the Democrat Minority Leader.

Incumbent Democrat Daryl Beall was defeated by Republican challenger Tim Kraayenbrink. The Democrats picked up the open seat created by the retirement of Senator Greiner with the election of Democrat Kevin Kinney.

On the House side incumbents Daniel Lundby of Cedar Rapids, Joe Riding of Altoona, Frank Wood of Scott County, and Dan Muhlbauer of Carroll were defeated. The open seat created by the retirement of Republican Mark Brandenburg was won by the Democrat candidate.


The open Senate seat created by Senator Tom Harkin’s retirement was won by Republican Joni Ernst. Ernst defeated Bruce Braley. Joni becomes the first woman to serve in Iowa’s Congressional delegation.

Incumbent Congressman Steve King won. Republican David Young won the open seat created by Congressman Latham’s retirement. Republican Rod Blum won the open seat created by Congressman Braley’s run for the Senate. Dave Loebsack won re-election.


Governor Terry Branstad won re-election and will become Iowa’s longest-serving Governor and will possibly be the longest-serving Governor in the history of the United States. Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald won re-election. The Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey won re-election as well. Paul Pate was elected Secretary of State and Mary Mosiman was elected Auditor of the state. All judicial candidates were retained.

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