Tonight, Republican Dave Rowley defeated Democrat Mark Lemke in the Senate District 1 special election, the northwest Iowa seat made vacant by the resignation of Senator Zach Whiting. Rowley won with 75.58 percent of the vote

Iowa Republicans are 4 for 4 in legislative special elections in 2021.

On his victory, Rowley said:

I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the people of northwest Iowa. The work begins now. As the legislative session nears, I look forward to completing Senator Whiting's term and achieving our shared priorities. There are many issues in front of the Iowa Senate as we end this year and I look forward to working with my Republican colleagues to get the job done."

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver congratulated Rowley on his victory. 

"One of the most important aspects of Iowa Senate Republicans success in recent years has been the quality of our candidates. Dave Rowley is no exception. He has deep ties to northwest Iowa and I am confident he will do an outstanding job representing his constituents in the Iowa Senate. I look forward to working with Dave to continue to implement common sense reforms to government and reduce the tax burden on hard working Iowans."


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