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Iowa

Hawkeye State

Known for its agricultural economy, this midwestern state holds the first state-wide meeting to elect a party’s candidate (caucus) ahead of a presidential election, giving it significant political influence every four years. The state was once a pioneering force in women’s rights, with the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 1869 that women should be allowed to practice law and paving the way for Iowan Arabella Mansfield to become the first female lawyer in the U.S., but the state now has dismal female representation (14%) in its senate. Iowa’s somewhat sparse population allows the state to have highest concentration of wind turbines in the country. Interestingly, the state is inhabited by more hogs than humans. With the Republican Party holding the governorship, state house, and state senate, Iowa is one of 22 Republican ‘trifectas’.

State capital

Des Moines

Population 2017

3145711

Largest city

Des Moines

Year entered union

1846

State flower

Prairie rose

Motto

"Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"

  • Rep

    Governor

  • 50 Total Seats

    State Senate

    • 32
    • 18
    • 0
    • 0
    100 Total Seats

    State Assembly

    • 55
    • 45
    • 0
    • 0

    Democrats

    Republicans

    Independent

    Vacancies

    Policies & Political Updates

    • How Iowa can improve school bus safety following fatal fire

      Transport and infrastructure

      20/06/2019

    • Governor Reynolds pushes out state Department of Human Services director

      State government

      17/06/2019

    • How state's prison inmates could help solve rural housing shortage

      Housing, Incarceration and recidivism

      7/06/2019

    • Governor Reynolds approves bill giving greater power to governors in Supreme Court selection

      Gubernatorial politics, Justice and the courts

      8/05/2019

    • Medicaid funds can no longer be used for transgender transition care

      LGBTQI+ rights and politics

      30/04/2019

    • Sports betting to go ahead in Montana, Iowa, and Indiana

      Cultural issues

      23/04/2019

    • State Republicans may try to stop Democratic Attorney General's power to join anti-Trump lawsuits

      Federal policy

      19/04/2019

    • Industrial hemp bill gets thumbs up from State Senate

      Business and industrial policy, Drug policy

      15/04/2019

    • Constitutional amendment giving felons voting rights won't go forward this year

      Civil Rights, Voting rights

      4/04/2019

    • State House approves felon voting rights Constitutional Amendment

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting rights

      28/03/2019

    • State Republicans okay bill defining an 'unborn person'

      Abortion

      26/03/2019

    • States Move to Halt the Death Penalty

      Capital Punishment

      14/03/2019

    • New process for felons to have voting rights restored

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting rights

      13/03/2019

    • Legislative update following procedural deadline

      State government

      11/03/2019

    • Bill to bring back death penalty for certain crimes passes State Senate committee

      Capital Punishment

      8/03/2019

    • State law can block Iowans from viewing body camera footage following police shootings

      Policing

      28/02/2019

    • State appeals gag law that has been ruled as unconstitutional by federal judge

      Civil Rights, Free Speech

      21/02/2019

    • Proposal removes need to have a permit to carry a gun

      Gun laws

      13/02/2019

    • Government debt of Iowa's cities passes $6 billion

      Urban regional and rural policy

      11/02/2019

    • State moves toward expanding voting rights

      Voting rights

      7/02/2019

    • State moves to expand voting rights but a poll tax may be needed

      Voting rights

      7/02/2019

    • Iowa Republicans introduce bill that gives lawmakers, governor more power over courts

      Justice and the courts, Republican politics, State government

      5/02/2019

    • Iowa voter ID law: Judge strikes rule on absentee ballots as 'irrational, illogical and wholly unjustifiable'

      Voting and electoral systems

      24/01/2019

    • Gov. Kim Reynolds to propose constitutional amendment lifting felon voting ban in Condition of the State

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting rights

      15/01/2019

    • Obamacare enrollment slips in Iowa

      Healthcare

      19/12/2018

    • Iowa's cost for health insurance for kids to balloon from $7 million to $37 million

      Healthcare

      10/12/2018

    • Bid to raise Iowa sales tax for natural resources has 'momentum', legislative leaders say

      Taxation

      3/12/2018

    • 58 inmates suing over pornography ban in Iowa's prisons

      Incarceration and recidivism

      28/11/2018

    • Gov. Kim Reynolds says she's open to automatically restoring felon voting rights in Iowa

      Incarceration and recidivism, Voting and electoral systems

      20/11/2018

    • Should Iowa restore voting rights to 52,000 felons? Advisory board says yes.

      Civil Rights, Voting and electoral systems

      14/11/2018

    State Facts and Figures

    • Governor

      • Governor
        Kim Reynolds
      • Governor's Party
        Republican
      • Running for re-election?
        Yes
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 5 2018
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Mixed
      • Governor and Lieutenant Governor on same ticket
        Yes
    • Lieutenant Governor

      • Lieutenant Governor
        Adam Gregg
      • Lieutenant Governor's Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 5 2018
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Mixed
    • Attorney General

      • Attorney General
        Tom Miller
      • Attorney General Party
        Democrat
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 5 2018
    • State Senate

      • Length of Term (Years)
        4
      • Term Limits
        None
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 8 - May 5
      • Total Members
        50
      • Number who are Democrats
        18
      • Number who are Republicans
        32
      • Percentage who are POC
        0%
      • Number who are men
        43
      • Percentage who are men
        86%
      • Number who are women
        7
      • Percentage who are women
        14%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 5 2018
    • State Assembly

      • Length of Term (Years)
        2
      • Term Limits
        None
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 8 - May 5
      • Total Members
        100
      • Number who are Democrats
        45
      • Number who are Republicans
        55
      • Number who are POC
        5
      • Percentage who are POC
        5%
      • Number who are men
        71
      • Percentage who are men
        71%
      • Number who are women
        28
      • Percentage who are women
        28%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Jun 5 2018
    • Representation in Congress

      • Senior Senator
        Chuck Grassley
      • Party
        Republican
      • Next Election
        2022
      • Junior Senator
        Joni Ernst
      • Junior Senators Party
        Republican
      • Next Election Year
        2020
      • U.S. House Democrats
        3
      • U.S. House Republicans
        1
    • Demographics

      • Female, percent
        50.3%
      • White alone, percent
        91.1%
      • Black or African American alone, percent
        3.8%
      • American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent
        0.5%
      • Asian alone, percent
        2.6%
      • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent
        0.1%
      • Two or More Races, percent
        1.9%
      • Hispanic or Latino, percent
        6%
      • Number of Veterans, 2012-2016
        203,277
      • Percentage of foreign born persons, 2012-2016
        4.9%
      • Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons aged 5+, 2012-2016
        7.5%
      • Number of Homeless
        2,756
      • Number of Kids in Foster Care, 2015
        5,918
      • Percentage in Foster Care for 5 or more years
        3%
      • Number in Foster Care per Thousand
        5
    • Economy

      • Minimum wage level in 2018 (Dollars per hour)
        7.25
      • Annual state budget in Dollars (2016)
        22,694,000,000
      • State Credit Rating as of 2017
        AAA
      • State Debt in Dollars (2014)
        6,120,464,000
      • Maximum State Income Tax Level, Percent
        8.98%
    • Top Export by value, 2017

      • Top 1
        Corn
      • Top 2
        Tractors
      • Top 3
        Meat
    • Healthcare

      • Children's Uninsured Rate
        2.5%
      • Parents' Uninsured Rate
        6%
      • Medicaid Expansion
        Yes
    • Policy

      • Capital punishment
        No
      • Legalization of cannabis
        None
      • Assisted dying and euthanasia
        No
      • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2012-2016
        18.9
      • Persons in Poverty, Percent
        11.8%
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