Iowa Candidates for Senator
State Primary: June 7, 2016
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Iowa Senator Candidates
Iowa Congressional Candidates 2016 Republican and Democrat
The Iowa Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of just two seats, which amounts to 4 percent of the chamber. In 2014, when the chamber's 25 odd-numbered seats were up for election, four districts were considered competitive or mildly competitive, though no change in partisan balance occurred.
Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate will be held in 2016. The primary election will be held on June 7, 2016, and the general election will be held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was March 18, 2016.
A total of 25 seats out of the chamber's 50 seats are up for election in 2016. Iowa state senators serve staggered, four-year terms and half of the senate is up for election every two years.
One incumbent, Dick Dearden (D-16), did not run for re-election in 2016
Before 1673, the region had long been home to many American Indians. Approximately seventeen different American Indian tribes had resided here at various times including the Ioway,Sauk, Meskwaki (called Fox in many sources), Sioux, Potawatomi, Oto, and Missouri.
In 1673 the Frenchmen J. Marquette and L. Joliet visited Iowa. The French then considered the region to be part of their American possession ‘Louisiana’, or ‘New France’. In the Treaty of Paris (1763), the French ceded Louisiana to Spain; in the secret Third Treaty of San Ildefonso (1800), the Spanish returned Louisiana to France; in 1803 the French sold Louisiana to the United States. The Potawatomi, Oto, and Missouri Indians had sold their land to the U.S. federal government by 1830 while the Sauk and Meskwaki remained in the Iowa region until 1845. The Santee Band of the Sioux was the last to negotiate a treaty with the federal government in 1851.
The Sauk and Meskwaki constituted the largest and most powerful tribes in the Upper Mississippi Valley. They had earlier moved from the Michigan region into Wisconsin and by the 1730s, they had relocated in western Illinois. There they established their villages along the Rock and Mississippi Rivers. They lived in their main villages only for a few months each year. At other times, they traveled throughout western Illinois and eastern Iowa hunting, fishing, and gathering food and materials with which to make domestic articles. Every spring, the two tribes traveled northward into Minnesota where they tapped maple trees and made syrup. Fort Madison was constructed in 1808 to control trade along the Mississippi, and to prevent the reoccupation of the area by the British; Fort Madison was defeated in 1813 by British-allied Indians during the War of 1812 and was the site of Iowa's only true military battle. The Sauk leader Black Hawk first fought against the U.S. at Fort Madison.
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