Senate President, District 22
Address: 7887 Cody Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 657-7375
Committees: Rules and Administration (Vice Chair), Appropriations, Legislative Council
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Senator Charles Schneider is the President of the Iowa Senate. He was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. Senator Schneider was elected President of the Senate by his colleagues in 2018 and re-elected in January 2019 to a full two-year term.
Before being elected to the Iowa Senate, Senator Schneider was a West Des Moines City Councilman for five years. In that capacity, he chaired the Council’s Finance and Administration Subcommittee and served on the Council’s Public Safety Subcommittee. He was also the Council’s liaison to the West Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees, and he represented the Council on the Board of Directors of the Wastewater Reclamation Authority and the Metro Waste Authority.
Senator Schneider has also served his community as a Plan and Zoning Commissioner, President of the West Des Moines Development Corporation, a member of West Des Moines Rotary and of the Iowa Taxpayers Association’s Accountable Government Committee, and he served on the Board of Directors of Central Iowa Shelter & Services (f/k/a Churches United), a Des Moines homeless shelter.
Senator Schneider was a member of the 2006-2007 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and of the Des Moines Business Record’s 2007 Forty Under 40 class. He also was a member of the 2003-2004 Leadership Iowa class. In 2011, he received the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Distinguished Government Leadership Award.
Senator Schneider is Counsel for Principal Financial Group, where he has worked since 2007. Before joining Principal, he was a lawyer with the law firm of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC.
Senator Schneider attended Sacred Heart School and Dowling High School in West Des Moines before his family moved to Newton, where he graduated from Newton Senior High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Creighton University, and his law and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Lisa reside in West Des Moines and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Church.