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

Iowa House of Representatives
Iowa General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 10, 2011
Speaker of the House
Kraig Paulsen (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Speaker pro tempore
Jeff Kaufmann (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Majority Leader
Linda Upmeyer (R)
Since January 10, 2011
Minority Leader
Kevin McCarthy (D)
Since January 10, 2011
Seats 100
Political groups
Republican Party (60)
Democratic Party (40)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Legislative Department, Section 3, Iowa Constitution
Salary $25,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 2, 2010
(100 seats)
Next election
November 2, 2012
(100 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Service Agency makes plan
Iowa General Assembly passes plan
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa General Assembly

The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly, Iowa's legislature. There are 100 people in the House, one for each of 100 districts in Iowa. Each district has about 29,750 people in it. The House of Representatives meets at the Iowa State Captiol in Des Moines.

Unlike the Iowa Senate, House members - called "representatives" - have terms of two years. The whole House is eleced in even-numbered years. There are no term limits for the House.


The Speaker of the House is the leader of the House and serves as its chair. The Speaker also handles legislation and puts representatives on committees. The Speaker is chosen by the majority party and then elected by the entire House. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their party's members.


Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen Republican 35
Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer Republican 12
Minority Leader Kevin M. McCarthy Democrat 67

Current composition

Iowa State House Districts, 2012-2022
Iowa House districts for 2012-2022
Party Total
Republican Democratic Empty
End of last session 44 56 100 0
Beginning of new session 59 40 100 1
Now 59% 40%

Past members

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