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Legislative Retirements, Announcements

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Elected officials have to decide each year whether to run again.  This year, state and federal legislators will think about their new districts before deciding to run again (or to run for another office).  Some of those are already starting that "shuffling" - so we are going to try to keep a running list of those retiring, running for other offices, and going for re-election.  Here's what we have so far:

US Senate

  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R) has not yet said whether he'll run again.
  • State Sen. Jim Carlin (R) has said he will run for US Senate against Sen. Grassley (whether or not he runs again).
  • Former US Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) has said she'll run against him.

US House

  • State Sen. Liz Mathis (D) has announced she will run for Congress against current US Rep. Ashley Hinson (R).
  • State Sen. Zach Nunn (R) is running for Congress against current US Rep. Cindy Axne (D).
  • Former State Rep. Maryann Hanusa (R) has also announced she will run for Congress against current US Rep. Cindy Axne (D).
  • State Rep. Christian Bohannan (D) will run for Congress against current US Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R).

Iowa Senate

  • State Sen. Rob Hogg (D) will not run for re-election (he's retiring, hasn't said if he'll run for something else)

Iowa House

  • State Rep. Marti Anderson (D) and Bruce Hunter (D) will not run for re-election; they both live in Polk County.  
  • State Rep. Ras Smith (D) has announced he is running for Governor against Kim Reynods (R); he will likely have to give up his State House seat.
  • State Rep. John Landon (R) died of cancer last month; there will be a new State Rep. from the Ankeny area after the September 14 special election (either Democrat Andrea Phillips or Republican Mike Bousselot). You can read more about this later in this newsletter. 

We'll keep this list updated as we move closer to when candidate running for office have to file their papers (March 2022).

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