New look legislative districts coming for Tama and Grundy Co.

The new Iowa Senate District 27.

Beginning in 2022 Tama and Grundy Counties will see a new landscape in their Iowa House and Senate districts.

On Thursday, October 28, the redistricting plan proposed by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) was approved by a vote of 48-1 in the Senate and by a vote of 93-2 in the House. Sen. Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) and Reps. Tom Jeneary (R-Le Mars) and Jon Jacobsen (R-Council Bluffs) were the only votes against the plan.

The new set of maps now await Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ signature before being enacted into law.

Starting with the 2022 election, Tama County residents except those in the townships of Clark, Perry, Geneseo, and Buckingham will join with Grundy, Hardin and Poweshiek Counties, as well as a small portion of western Black Hawk County that includes Hudson, to form Senate District 27.

Sen. Annette Sweeney (R-Alden) is the only incumbent in the new Senate District 27 and recently announced she will seek re-election in the new district.

The new Iowa House District 54.

Sen. Jeff Edler (R-State Center), who currently serves Tama County, would likely reside in the newly formed Senate District 25 which includes Marshall County and parts of rural Story County during the next election.

In terms of the new Iowa House districts, similar boundaries were drawn in the Tama-Grundy area with the Senate District 27 map cut across the Tama County line to make House Districts 53 and 54.

In House District 54, Grundy County remains whole but will be left without an incumbent as Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) lives in Butler County that will soon be a part of House District 57.

The new House District 54 will include Grundy County, Hardin County and the same western portion of Black Hawk County that appears in Senate District 27.

Hardin County Supervisor BJ Hoffman, a Republican from Whitten, announced his intent to run for the House District 54 seat earlier this month.

Gladbrook and Garwin residents however will remain in Rep. Dean Fisher’s district — the new House District 53 which will stretch across the bulk of Tama County and the entirety of Poweshiek County.

Currently, Poweshiek County is represented by Dave Maxwell (R-Deep River) which means two GOP incumbents — Fisher and Maxwell — will reside in the same district beginning in 2022, setting up a possible primary.

At the national level, Tama County remains in the same northeast Iowa district as its current U.S. House of Representatives member, Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) but the district will move from being Iowa’s first congressional district to Iowa’s second congressional district in 2022. Grundy County will soon be a part of the new second congressional district along with Tama and Hardin Counties and will have Hinson as the incumbent.