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Mathis being sworn in for Senate 18 duties tonight

Democrat won seat in special election

Democrat Liz Mathis smiles as she celebrates her victory in the Iowa Senate District 18 race Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at the Campbell-Steele Gallery in Marion, Iowa. Mathis' victory over Republican Cindy Golding maintains democratic control of the Iowa Senate. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)
Democrat Liz Mathis smiles as she celebrates her victory in the Iowa Senate District 18 race Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at the Campbell-Steele Gallery in Marion, Iowa. Mathis' victory over Republican Cindy Golding maintains democratic control of the Iowa Senate. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Liz Mathis soon is close to beginning her new duties as the state senator for Iowa's District 18.

Mathis is scheduled to be sworn in Monday night during a ceremony in Marion.

The Democrat beat Republican Cindy Golding during the special election Nov. 8. Her win allowed the Democrats to retain their narrow majority in the Senate.

Mathis drew just over 55 percent of the vote. The district includes the city of Marion and portions of rural Linn County.

The election was called when Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Marion Democratic Sen. Swati Dandekar to the Iowa Utilities Board.

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