Terms of Offices for Elected Officials

Terms of Offices for Elected Officials

Office Date Term Begins Term Lengh
President/Vice President

U.S. Constitution, Amendment 20
January 20, noon 4 years
U.S. Senator

U.S. Constitution, Amendment 20
January 3, noon (always) 6 years
U.S. Representative

U.S. Constitution, Amendment 20
January 3, noon (always) 2 years
Governor/Lt. Governor

Iowa Constitution, Article IV, §15, Amendment 42 (1988)
First Tuesday after second Monday of January 4 years
Secretary of State,
Auditor of State,
Treasurer of State

Iowa Constitution, Article IV, §22, Amendment 32 (1972)
January 1 (always) 4 years
Secretary of Agriculture,
Attorney General

Iowa Code § 39.8
First day of January that is not a Sunday or legal holiday 4 years
State Senator

Iowa Code §39.8
First day of January that is not a Sunday or legal holiday 4 years
State Representative

Iowa Constitution Article III, §3
January 1 (always) 2 years
Judges

Iowa Constitution, Article V, §17
January 1 (always) 6 years

Iowa Supreme Court: 8 years
County Officers

Iowa Code §39.8
First day of January that is not a Sunday or legal holiday 4 years
City Officers

Iowa Code §376.2
First day of January that is not a Sunday or legal holiday, noon 2 or 4 years
Township Officers

Iowa Code §39.8
First day of January that is not a Sunday or legal holiday 4 years
Non-partisan Offices

Iowa Code §39.8, 161A.6, 176A.7, 347A.1
First day of January that is not a Sunday or legal holiday 4 years

Hospital Trustees: 6 years
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