Iowa State Legislature

The Iowa General Assembly (or IGA) is the state legislature of the state of Iowa.  The Iowa General Assembly is a bicameral body composed of the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives.  The General Assembly convenes within the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

The Iowa Senate is the upper house of the Iowa General Assembly. There are 50 members of the Senate, representing fifty single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 59,500.  Senators serve four-year terms and half of the chamber is up for re-election every two years.  There are no term limits.  The President of the Senate presides over the body, whose powers include referring bills to committee, recognizing members during debate, and making procedural rulings.

The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly. There are 100 members of the House of Representatives, representing 100 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 29,750.  State representatives serve two-year terms with the whole chamber up for re-election in even-numbered years.  There are no term limits.  The Speaker of the House presides over the House.  The Speaker controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments.

The Iowa Legislature


Inside Iowa State Legislature