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Iowa House of Representatives

Coordinates: 41°35′28″N 93°36′14″W / 41.591°N 93.604°W / 41.591; -93.604

The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly, the upper house being the Iowa Senate. There are 100 seats in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing 100 single-member districts across the state, formed by dividing the 50 Senate districts in half. Each district has a population of approximately 30,464 as of the 2010 United States Census.[1] The House of Representatives meets at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Iowa House of Representatives
Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 12, 2015
Linda Upmeyer (R)
Since January 14, 2016
Speaker pro tempore
Matt Windschitl (R)
Since April 30, 2014
Majority Leader
Chris Hagenow (R)
Since January 14, 2016
Minority Leader
Mark Smith (D)
Since August 10, 2013
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Political groups
Majority party

Minority party

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityLegislative Department, Section 3, Constitution of Iowa
Salary$25,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2018
(100 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(100 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Service Agency with legislative approval
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa General Assembly

Unlike the upper house, the Iowa Senate, state House representatives serve two-year terms with the whole chamber up for re-election in even-numbered years. There are no term limits for the House.


Leadership of the HouseEdit

The Speaker of the House presides over the House in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full House on passage of a floor vote. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.


Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer Republican 54
Majority Leader Chris Hagenow Republican 43
Minority Leader Mark Smith Democratic 71

Current compositionEdit

Iowa House districts from 2012 to 2022
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 57 43 100 0
Begin[2] 59 41 100 0
June 16, 2017[3] 40 99 1
August 9, 2017[4] 41 100 0
December 12, 2017[5] 58 99 1
January 16, 2018[6] 59 100 0
Latest voting share 59% 41%

Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit

Past notable membersEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Iowa Legislative Services Agency (2011-03-31). "First Redistricting Plan" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  2. ^ "2017 Iowa Legislature convenes amid pomp, speeches". 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  3. ^ Rep. Curt Hanson (D-82) dies "Iowa Rep. Curt Hanson has died". KCCI. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  4. ^ Democrat Phil Miller elected to replace Rep. Curt Hanson (D-82)"Democrat Phil Miller wins Iowa House District 82 special election". Des Moines Register. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  5. ^ Rep. Jim Carlin (R-6) elected to Iowa Senate [1]
  6. ^ Republican Jacob Bossman elected to replace Rep. Jim Carlin (R-6) [2]

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