1956 Iowa Senate election

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1956 Iowa Senate election
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29 out of 50 seats in the Iowa State Senate
26 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Duane E. Dewel George E. O'Malley
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat 49th 30th
Last election 44 6
Seats after 40 10
Seat change Decrease4 Increase4

Majority Leader before election

Duane E. Dewel
Republican

Elected Majority Leader

D. C. Nolan
Republican

The 1956 Iowa State Senate elections took place as part of the biennial 1956 United States elections. Iowa voters elected state senators in 29 of the state senate's 50 districts. State senators serve four-year terms in the Iowa State Senate.

A statewide map of the 50 state Senate districts in the year 1956 is provided by the Iowa General Assembly here.

The primary election on June 4, 1956 determined which candidates appeared on the November 6, 1956 general election ballot.[1][2]

Following the previous election, Republicans had control of the Iowa state Senate with 44 seats to Democrats' 6 seats.

To claim control of the chamber from Republicans, the Democrats needed to net 20 Senate seats.

Republicans maintained control of the Iowa State Senate following the 1956 general election with the balance of power shifting to Republicans holding 40 seats and Democrats having 10 seats (a net gain of 4 seats for Democrats).

Summary of Results[edit]

  • Note: The 21 holdover Senators not up for re-election are not listed on this table.[3]
State Senate District Incumbent Party Elected Senator Party
2nd Charles W. Nelson Rep Norval Evans Rep
3rd Ted D. Clark Rep Gene L. Hoffman Dem
4th William C. Stuart Rep William C. Stuart Rep
5th Xavier Thomas Prentis Rep Xavier Thomas Prentis Rep
6th Thomas C. Larson Rep Francis Austin Turner Rep
8th Henry W. Washburn Rep William H. Harbor Rep
11th George Donald Bellman Rep J. Louis Fisher Rep
14th Charles Emory Stewart Rep Carroll F. McCurdy Dem
15th Leon N. Miller Dem Carroll Price Rep
16th Lorin B. Sayre Rep Raymond R. Gillespie Dem
17th Glenn Edwin Whitehead Rep Gerald William Prince Rep
19th De Vere Watson Rep Jim O. Henry Rep
23rd David Earl Elijah Rep David Earl Elijah Rep
24th Jans T. "J. T." Dykhouse Rep Jans T. "J. T." Dykhouse Rep
25th Daniel Clifford "D. C." Nolan Rep Daniel Clifford "D. C." Nolan Rep
26th Frank C. Byers Rep Frank C. Byers Rep
27th Henry Emil Heideman Rep C. Joseph Coleman Dem
28th Warren Eldon Walter Rep Howard C. Buck Rep
31st Janious G. Lucas Rep Carl H. Ringgenberg Rep
32nd Charles S. Van Eaton Rep Jack Richard Miller Rep
33rd Donald Alexander Risk Rep Irving D. Long Rep
36th Art J. Johnson Rep John J. O'Connor Dem
39th J. Kendall Lynes Rep J. Kendall Lynes Rep
40th George Lindsey Scott Rep George Lindsey Scott Rep
41st Jacob Grimstead Rep Jacob Grimstead Rep
43rd Herman M. Knudson Rep William H. Tate Rep
46th Laurence M. Boothby Rep Laurence M. Boothby Rep
47th Harry E. Watson Rep Harry E. Watson Rep
49th Duane E. Dewel Rep Duane E. Dewel Rep

Source:[4]

Detailed Results[edit]

  • NOTE: The 21 districts that did not hold elections in 1956 are not listed here.

District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 8District 11District 14District 15District 16District 17District 19District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 31District 32District 33District 36District 39District 40District 41District 43District 46District 47District 49

  • Note: The Iowa Secretary of State's website does not document any competitive intra-party primaries for state Senate races in 1956.[5]

District 2[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 2 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Norval Evans 7,359 62.5
Democratic Joseph A. Frakes 4,424 37.5
Total votes 11,783 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 3 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gene L. Hoffman 7,148 52.3
Republican Ted D. Clark (incumbent) 6,509 47.7
Total votes 13,657 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 4[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 4 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican W. C. Stuart (incumbent) 6,341 56.0
Democratic Catherine A. Murray 4,974 44.0
Total votes 11,315 100.0
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 5 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican X. T. Prentis (incumbent) 8,900 52.7
Democratic William L. Hawks 7,982 47.3
Total votes 16,882 100.0
Republican hold

District 6[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 6 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Francis A. Turner 5,002 52.2
Democratic Leonard Morris 4,580 47.8
Total votes 9,582 100.0
Republican hold

District 8[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 8 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William H. Harbor 8,124 65.4
Democratic Bonnie E. Boll 4,298 34.6
Total votes 12,422 100.0
Republican hold

District 11[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 11 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Louis Fisher 6,806 52.7
Democratic Earl Godwin 6,111 47.3
Total votes 12,917 100.0
Republican hold

District 14[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 14 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carroll F. McCurdy 5,504 54.4
Republican Royd McCurdy 4,609 45.6
Total votes 10,113 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 15[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 15 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carroll Price 8,625 51.3
Democratic Albert DeGeus 8,178 48.7
Total votes 16,803 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 16[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 16 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond R. Gillespie 6,048 51.3
Republican Fay L. Harris 5,736 48.7
Total votes 11,784 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 17[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 17 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. W. Prince 12,093 50.6
Democratic E. Paul Wilson 11,800 49.4
Total votes 23,893 100.0
Republican hold

District 19[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 19 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim O. Henry 16,664 56.7
Democratic Ethel M. T. Johnson 12,742 43.3
Total votes 29,406 100.0
Republican hold

District 23[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 23 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Earl Elijah (incumbent) 13,198 55.2
Democratic Richard Benischek 10,733 44.8
Total votes 23,931 100.0
Republican hold

District 24[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 24 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. T. Dykhouse (incumbent) 14,754 69.1
Democratic Don Truckenmiller 6,600 30.9
Total votes 21,354 100.0
Republican hold

District 25[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 25 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican D. C. Nolan (incumbent) 13,988 53.8
Democratic Jack C. White 12,008 46.2
Total votes 25,996 100.0
Republican hold

District 26[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 26 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank C. Byers (incumbent) 28,073 53.0
Democratic Loren M. Hullinger, Jr. 24,861 47.0
Total votes 52,934 100.0
Republican hold

District 27[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 27 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Coleman 14,197 55.0
Republican Henry E. Heideman (incumbent) 11,613 45.0
Total votes 25,810 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 28[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 28 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard C. Buck 10,145 100.0
Total votes 10,145 100.0
Republican hold

District 31[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 31 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carl H. Ringgenberg 16,258 55.9
Democratic Charles F. Barr 12,815 44.1
Total votes 29,073 100.0
Republican hold

District 32[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 32 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Miller 24,176 55.2
Democratic Emlin L. Bergeson 19,612 44.8
Total votes 43,788 100.0
Republican hold

District 33[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 33 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Irving D. Long 9,500 58.3
Democratic John Q. Swift 6,784 41.7
Total votes 16,284 100.0
Republican hold

District 36[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 36 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John J. O'Connor 5,593 53.3
Republican A. J. Johnson (incumbent) 4,891 46.7
Total votes 10,484 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 39[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 39 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Kendall Lynes (incumbent) 13,866 63.9
Democratic Joe Roose 7,838 36.1
Total votes 21,704 100.0
Republican hold

District 40[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 40 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George L. Scott (incumbent) 11,322 56.5
Democratic Miles L. Connor 8,705 43.5
Total votes 20,027 100.0
Republican hold

District 41[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 41 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jacob Grimstead (incumbent) 9,479 56.1
Democratic William H. Biedermann 7,432 43.9
Total votes 16,911 100.0
Republican hold

District 43[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 43 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican W. H. Tate 14,157 51.3
Democratic William McArthur 13,444 48.7
Total votes 27,601 100.0
Republican hold

District 46[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 46 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Laurence M. Boothby (incumbent) 12,063 55.1
Democratic Albert M. Wiltgen 9,828 44.9
Total votes 21,891 100.0
Republican hold

District 47[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 47 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry E. Watson (incumbent) 11,453 55.6
Democratic A. W. Noehren 9,152 44.4
Total votes 20,605 100.0
Republican hold

District 49[edit]

Iowa Senate, District 49 General Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duane E. Dewel (incumbent) 12,240 50.9
Democratic Burl N. Ridout 11,804 49.1
Total votes 24,044 100.0
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primary Election 1956 For State Senator" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "General Election 1956 For State Senator". Iowa Official Register. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Holdover State Senators". Iowa Official Register. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Legislators". Iowa State Senate. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "State Senate Primary Canvass 1956" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved June 5, 2020.