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.

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 House

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 composition

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 Representatives

Past notable members

See also



  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". DesMoinesRegister.com. 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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