1972 United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa

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Of the 7 Iowa incumbents, 5 were re-elected.

Iowa was reapportioned from 7 seats to 6, dividing the old 5th district around Des Moines between its neighbors. Its incumbent, Neal Smith, won again in the south-central Iowa 4th district.

District Incumbent Party First
elected
Result Candidates
Iowa 1 Fred Schwengel Republican 1966 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Edward Mezvinsky (Democratic) 53.4%
Fred Schwengel (Republican) 45.7%
Lee E. Foster (AI) 1.0%
Iowa 2 John C. Culver Democratic 1964 Incumbent re-elected. John C. Culver (Democratic) 59.2%
Theodore R. Ellsworth (Republican) 40.8%
Iowa 3 H. R. Gross Republican 1948 Incumbent re-elected. H. R. Gross (Republican) 55.7%
Lyle D. Taylor (Democratic) 44.3%
Iowa 4 Neal Smith
Redistricted from the 5th district
Democratic 1958 Incumbent re-elected. Neal Smith (Democratic) 59.2%
John Henry Kyl (Republican) 40.8%
John Henry Kyl Republican 1966 Incumbent lost re-election.
Republican loss.
Iowa 5 William J. Scherle
Redistricted from the 7th district
Republican 1966 Incumbent re-elected. William J. Scherle (Republican) 55.3%
Tom Harkin (Democratic) 44.7%
Iowa 6 Wiley Mayne Republican 1966 Incumbent re-elected. Wiley Mayne (Republican) 52.5%
Berkley Bedell (Democratic) 47.5%

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