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Davenport State Senator Joe Seng died in September after a two-year battle with cancer; he was in the middle of his four-year term (Senate District 45).  A special election was held on December 27 to elect a new State Senator.  Jim Lykam, who is currently a State Representative, won this special election with 73% of the vote.  Rep. Lykam is a Democrat, as was Sen. Seng, so this seat keeps the Senate at 29 Republicans, 20 Democrats, and 1 Independent.

Rep. Lykam will resign from the House soon, and the Governor will set a date for a special election to fill his House seat (House District 89).  The Governor must give at least 18 days notice for a special election, so that means the earliest date for a special election would be January 17 (the day after Martin Luther King Day).  More likely, the Governor will select one of the following Tuesdays (January 24, January 31, or February 7).  The January dates will be right before and after the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC, an event that many Iowa Republicans will be attending.

We don't know who will run, but we do know that the 100-member Iowa House of Representatives will begin the legislative session with 99 legislators (59 Republicans, 40 Democrats, 1 vacancy).