Senate Democrats’ Leader Will Not Seek Reelection In November

Pam Jochum by Iowa General Assembly, Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons

Des Moines, Iowa — Pam Jochum, the Democratic leader in the Iowa Senate, will not run for reelection.

Jochum, who was chosen in June by Senate Democrats to be their leader, made the announcement Friday morning. Jochum has represented Dubuque in the Iowa legislature since 1993, first as a member of the House and she’s been a state senator since 2009. Jochum served four years as Senate President when Democrats were in the majority. She’s one of three women to have served as senate president — but the only Democratic woman to do so.

Jochum, who is 69, said in a written statement released Friday morning that she’s excited to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders.