Senate District 11
Registration: D 8799, R 19119, N 12910, total 40844, R +10320
Incumbent: Hubert Houser, R-Carson; holdover seat
lost 1000 Republicans with this map, yet still has the third most
Republican seat in the state. In an alternate universe without Iowa
Clean Redistricting, those excess Republicans could have been
gerrymandered into Council Bluffs to make Mike Gronstal's life hell.
district keeps Houser's home turf: all of Pottawattamie County outside
the Council Bluffs/Carter Lake city limits. But he loses all his
counties to the south - Mills, Fremont and Page - to Joni Ernst. Instead
he goes east. He inherits most of Cass, including Atlantic, from Nancy
Boettger, and all of tiny Adams and Union from Ernst.
over from the House in a 2001 special. He was unopposed in 2006 and
overwhelmed a Some Dude Democrat with 74% in 2010. Houser holds over
till at least 2014, and can stay as long as he's willing and able.
House District 21
Registration: D 4057, R 8734, N 6918, total 19715, R +4677
Incumbent: Jack Drake, R-Griswold
County has been the core of the district ever since Drake was first
elected in 1992. Instead of going north into Shelby County, the new
district picks up Adams and Union. The line changes make the new
district a bit more Republican.
Drake was unopposed in 2006 and
2010, and won with 59% in 2008. Drake drew a Democratic challenger this
time: Retired football coach John Rose of Creston.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Jack Drake for State Representative, Committee To Elect John Rose Drake has $5,129.13 in the bank, with Rose at $2,875.59.
House District 22
Registration: D 4742, R 10385, N 5992, total 21129, R +5643
Incumbent: Greg Forristall, R-Macedonia, unopposed
won an easy primary and a 61% general to win an open seat in 2006, and
was unopposed in 2008 and 2010. During the 2011 legislative session he
had a high-profile OWI on the way home from Des Moines, and that may
have helped draw a primary challenger. The opponent, Avoca city manager Clint Fitcher,
seemed a lot less Some Dude than some of the other primary challengers.
But Forristall won handily, 61-39%. Having passed that test, Forristall's safe again.
revised lines pull the district all the way into Pottawattamie. The
changes cost Forristall about 1100 Republicans, but leave it a solid
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Committee to Elect Greg Forristall
Senate District 11, House District 21 & 22: District of the Day 1 - 5/09/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012