Tod Bowman, candidate for Iowa Senate District 29

Tod Bowman
Tod Bowman

Senate District 29 includes Jackson and Dubuque counties and part of Jones County.

Name: Tod Bowman (incumbent)

Party: Democrat

Residence: Maquoketa

Age: 53

Occupation: Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s from Luther College, master’s from Western Illinois University


What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?

• Revitalizing small towns and rural areas: I would support expanding job-creation efforts in all 99 counties; encouraging entrepreneurs, especially in small towns; expanding access to high-speed internet in rural areas and small towns; ensuring access to safe, affordable housing; and increasing cultural and recreational opportunities.

• Providing the best education in the country: As the only teacher in the Iowa Legislature, I support making education a top priority once again in our state.

Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?

Iowa needs to increase the minimum wage. It’s been 10 years since working families in Iowa have seen an increase to the minimum wage. The size of the increase should be based on increasing family incomes so workers can earn a living wage. However, in addition to a modest increase in the minimum wage, the Legislature needs do more to ensure job-training opportunities are available for rural Iowans so that more low-wage workers have the opportunity to access high-paying careers.

Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?

I would support a thoughtful review of the tax plan to determine which elements will boost family incomes and increase economic security for working Iowans. When similar tax plans were approved in Kansas and Oklahoma, they have resulted in massive cuts to education, public safety and other vital services. I want to find creative solutions that allow tax relief for hardworking Iowans and substantial funding for education and public safety.

Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?

No. The Legislature and governor have already broken too many promises to hardworking taxpayers, and phasing out the property tax backfill would result in tax increases on hardworking Iowa families.

Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?

No, I want our communities to be safer, and I believe these devices increase traffic safety and that they are a decision best left to local elected officials.

Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

I want to see more research and allow doctors to make decisions with patients. But I believe the Legislature needs to work to improve the current medical cannabis program to properly treat more Iowans with debilitating conditions.


Should Iowa amend the state Constitution to protect the right to bear arms beyond current language? Would you support a “constitutional carry” change to Iowa’s firearm permit system that would significantly expand gun rights?

I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the rights of Iowans to protect their property and families, as well as to hunt. I supported “stand your ground” legislation and have supported legislation to add the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as part of the Iowa Constitution.

Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?

No and no.

What are your thoughts on increasing funding for public education? Would you vote to extend 1-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure until 2049?

As the only teacher in the Legislature, I know how important adequate funding is for our student’s success in the classroom. I support extending the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) because it provides the funding necessary to ensure safer school buildings and it provides property tax relief for Iowans. It’s a win-win.

Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?

I support reasonable restrictions. I do not, however, support the current law because it puts politicians in the middle of important, personal decisions that should be made by women in consultation with their doctors and families. I also support efforts to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in the state of Iowa.

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