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Iowa Senate President Charles Schneider to retire

Republicans must now appoint a candidate to run in November's general election.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Republicans' top leader in the Senate will not seek reelection following the 2020 legislative session. 

Sen. Charles Schneider, R - West Des Moines, announced he will retire from the Iowa Senate.

“Like many state legislators, I have had to balance serving in the Legislature with my full-time career," Schneider said in a statement. "I believe the time is right for me to shift my focus to my career and family."

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Schneider was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012, was reelected in 2016, and was elected President of the Senate in 2018. In 2019, Schneider was reelected to a two-year term as Senate President.

His seat in the Senate was up for reelection in 2020. The candidate filing period is still open until this Friday at 5 p.m. All a candidate needs to do is collect at least 100 petition signatures and fill our the required paperwork.

Schneider was previously a part of the West Des Moines City Council.