Government Relations Update - 2022 General Election - 11-02-22

As the 2022 general election is less than one week away, candidates across the state are making their final push for support. At the federal level, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R) is running for his eighth term in the U.S. Senate. He is being challenged by retired Navy Admiral Mike Franken (D). A recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll found Grassley up by three percentage points in what looks to be his closest race since he defeated Sen. John Culver (D) in 1980. Additionally, all four congressional races are on the ballot with all but CD 4 looking to be competitive:

  • CD 1: U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) vs. State Rep. Christina Bohannon (D)
  • CD 2: U.S. Rep. Ashely Hinson (R) vs. State Sen. Liz Mathis (D)
  • CD 3: U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (D) vs. State Sen. Zach Nunn (R)
  • CD 4: U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R) vs. Ryan Melton (D) vs. Bryan Holder (L)

Governor Kim Reynolds leads the statewide GOP ballot as she seeks to be elected to her second full term. Reynolds is being challenged by small business owner Deidre DeJear. The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll had Reynolds leading DeJear by 17 percentage points. Other statewide races include:

  • Secretary of State: Sec. Paul Pate (R) vs. Linn County Auditor Joel Miller (D)
  • Auditor of State: Auditor Rob Sand (D) vs. Todd Halbur (R)
  • Treasurer of State: Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald (D) vs. State Sen. Roby Smith (R)
  • Secretary of Agriculture: Sec. Mike Naig (R) vs. John Norwood (D)
  • Attorney General: Attorney General Tom Miller (D) vs. Brenna Bird (R)

With 26 legislators retiring, 12 others seeking other offices, and a handful losing in the June primaries, there will be significant turnover at the Iowa Statehouse. One hundred and thirty-four state legislative seats will be on the ballot with 89 of these being contested (66%). There will be a minimum of 41 entirely new members in the Iowa Legislature, with the potential to have more than 50 new members.

 Senate By-the-Numbers:
  • 34 of 50 seats on the ballot (68%)
  • 8 uncontested seats (24%)
  • 26 contested seats (76%)
  • 13 seats will be entirely new to the Senate (26%)
  • 1 open committee: State Government



Total Contributions

Total Expenditures

Total In-kind Contributions

Cash on Hand

Senate District 14 (Dallas Cty.)





Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel)





Sen. Sarah Trone Garriott (D-WDSM)





Senate District 21 (Ankeny)





Rep. Michael Bousselot (R-Ankeny)





Todd Brady (D-Ankeny)





Senate District 46 (Iowa & Washington Counties plus parts of rural Johnson Cty.)





Sen. Dawn Driscoll (R-Williamsburg)





Sen. Kevin Kinney (D-Oxford)





Senate District 1 (Woodbury Cty., including part of Sioux City)





Rocky De Witt (R-Lawton)





Sen. Jackie Smith (D-Sioux City)





Senate District 47 (Scott County)





Scott Webster (R-Bettendorf)





Kathleen Figaro (D-Bettendorf)





House By-the-Numbers:
  • 100 of 100 seats on the ballot (100%)
  • 37 uncontested seats (37%)
  • 63 contested seats (63%)
  • 35 Seats will be entirely new to the House (35%)
  • 8 open committee chairs: Administration and Rules; Agriculture; Education; Government Oversight; Natural Resources; Public Safety; State Government; and Veterans Affairs







Total In-kind Contributions

Cash on Hand

House District 28 (Dallas Cty. Including West Des Moines, Adel and Van Meter)





U.S. Rep. David Young (R-Van Meter)





Sonya Heitshusen (D-)





House District 42 (Ankeny)





Rep. Garrett Gobble(R-Ankeny)





Former Rep. Heather Matson (D-Ankeny)





House District 40 (Altoona and parts of Des Moines)





Bill Gustoff (R-Altoona)





Mackenzie Bills (D-Altoona)





Jeni Kadel (L-Altoona)





House District 41 (Ankeny)





Marvis Landon (R-Ankeny)





Molly Buck (D-Ankeny)





House District 94 (Scott County)





Mike Vondran (R-Davenport)





Rep. Phyllis Thede (D-Davenport)





Finally, please click here for information on more than 70 races that are either highly competitive or districts that have dramatically changed in voter composition as a result of redistricting. This information includes district voter registration numbers (current as of November 1st), end of October reporting period financials (period covering July 15th to October 14th), and a list of top campaign contributors.