The Senate Democrats retained their majority with the same number of seats 26-24, but with three new occupants. Newly elected Democratic senators are Chaz Allen of Newton, Tony Bisignano of Des Moines, and Kevin Kinney of Oxford.
The Senate elected Leaders this past weekend. Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, was re-elected as majority leader, Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, was re-elected Senate president, and Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, was re-elected president pro-tem. Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City was elected as Majority Whip. Sens. Mary Jo Wilhelm of Cresco, Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Matt McCoy of Des Moines, and Bill Dotzler of Waterloo were elected Assistant Majority Leaders.
The Senate Republicans added a new Senator, Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge. The Senate Republicans elected their leaders on Monday afternoon. Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, was re-elected as Minority Leader and Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, was re-elected as Minority Whip. Senate Republicans also elected five Assistant Minority Leaders Randy Feenstra, R-Hull; Rick Bertrand, R-Sioux City; Dan Zumbach, R-Ryan; Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone; and Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines.
The Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives and picked up 4 seats, so that they have 57 Republicans and the Democrats have 43.
On Monday, House Republicans met and re-elected the leadership team of Rep. Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, as Speaker of the House and Rep. Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake. Upmeyer, as Majority Leader. Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, was re-elected Speaker Pro Temp and Rep. Chris Hagenow, R-Windsor Heights, was re-elected as House Majority Whip. Assistant Majority Leaders: Reps. Lee Hein, R-Monticello; Walt Rogers, R-Cedar Falls; Jarad Klein, R-Keota; and Joel Fry, R-Osceola.