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
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.