|Iowa House of Representatives District 31|
|January 8, 2017|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Place of birth||Des Moines, IA|
Olson's professional experience includes working as an attorney in private practice.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Public Safety|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Public Safety|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:
|Iowa Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Labor, Chair|
|• Public Safety|
Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Rick L. Olson was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Joshua James Herbert (L) in the general election. Incumbent Olson defeated Herbert in the general election.
|Iowa House of Representatives District 31, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Rick L. Olson Incumbent||79.6%||5,950|
|Libertarian||Joshua James Herbert||20.4%||1,524|
Olson ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 31. Olson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Olson won re-election to the 68th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Iowa House of Representatives, District 68 General Election (2010)|
|Rick Olson (D)||5,747|
|Dave Dicks (R)||3,309|
On November 4, 2008, Olson was re-elected to the 68th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Larry Voorhees (R). Olson raised $25,165 for his campaign, while Voorhees raised $3,896.
|Iowa House of Representatives, District 68|
|Rick Olson (D)||8,671|
|Larry Voorhees (R)||4,267|
Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $107,292 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.
|Rick Olson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Iowa State House, District 31||$23,958|
|2010||Iowa State House, District 68||$24,725|
|2008||Iowa State House, District 68||$25,165|
|2006||Iowa State House, District 68||$12,683|
|2004||Iowa State House, District 68||$20,761|
|Grand Total Raised||$107,292|
2012Olson won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson raised a total of $23,958.
|Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rick Olson's campaign in 2012|
|Iowa State Bar Association||$2,450|
|Citizens For Preservation of Racing||$2,000|
|Iowa Dental Association||$2,000|
|Stoltze, Bruce H||$1,350|
|Associated General Contractors of Iowa||$1,350|
|Total Raised in 2012||$23,958|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010 Olson collected $24,725 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:
|Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rick Olson's campaign in 2010|
|Associated General Contractors Of Iowa||$2,500|
|Iowa State Bar Association||$2,500|
|Great Plains Laborers District Council||$2,500|
|Iowa State Building & Construction Trades Council||$1,250|
|Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association||$1,250|
|Total Raised in 2010||$24,725|
In 2008 Olson collected $25,165 in donations.
His four largest contributors were:
|Associated General Contractors of Iowa||$3,000|
|Iowa State Bar Association||$2,000|
|Citizens for Preservation of Racing||$1,500|
|Iowa Heavy Highway Contractors Association||$1,500|
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- Iowa House of Representatives
- Iowa House Committees
- Iowa House of Representatives District 31
- Iowa State Legislature
- Rep. Rick Olson on the Iowa House Website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Project Vote Smart Legislative Profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 8, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 30, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed July 7, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 1, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed October 1, 2014
- Iowa Department of Elections, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 15, 2012
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed October 1, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 7, 2014
- Follow The Money, "Funds raised by 2008 Iowa House candidates," accessed April 7, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Olson, Rick L," accessed September 19, 2013
- Follow The Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed April 7, 2014
- Follow The Money, "2008 Campaign Contributions," accessed April 8, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 2, 2014
Lee Hein (R)
|Iowa House of Representatives District 31
| Succeeded by|
|Iowa House of Representatives District 68
| Succeeded by|
Daniel Lundby (D)
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