Iowa Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Aug 01, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022


The Governor of the State of Iowa is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Iowa. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit. Prior to a constitutional amendment passed in 1972, the governor's term had been two years. As chief administrator of Iowa's government, the governor is responsible for the effective and efficient workings of the various state departments and agencies. The governor appoints department and agency heads and other state officials not elected by the people. The governor's appointments are generally subject to approval by the Senate. The governor takes final action on all bills passed by the Iowa General Assembly. The governor may approve bills by signing them or disapprove bills by vetoing them. Each year, the governor reports on the financial condition of the state and makes recommendations on the state's budget. The governor has the power to call a special session of the General Assembly. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Requiring written information from other officers of the executive branch on any aspect of their duties; Making appointments to fill all vacancies when the law does not otherwise prescribe the method for doing so; Convening, by proclamation, extraordinary sessions of the General Assembly; Periodically giving the 'State of the State' address; Adjourning the General Assembly when they cannot agree to do so themselves; Granting pardons, reprieves, and commutations, excluding convictions for treason and impeachment; Officially using the Seal of the Great State of Iowa; Signing all official commissions and grant given by the state, which are officially made in the name of the people of Iowa. The salary for this position is $130,000/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required filing forms. 2) Complete the required filing forms and submit the filing forms to the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State. The required forms include an Affidavit of Candidacy, Nominating papers, campaign finance forms and other office specific forms. 3) To run as an independent, candidates must submit filing forms between the 99th and 81st days before the general election (July 30, 2018 to August 17, 2018) in order to appear on the ballot. If you plan to run as a candidate for one of the established political parties, contact the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State or the party office for the filing window and procedures to compete in the party primary. If you have any questions please contact the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State by phone at (515) 281-0145 or by email at [email protected] Additionally, the 2016 Indiana Candidate Guide can be found here: