Rick Stewart

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Rick Stewart
Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Iowa
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPhillips Academy, 1969
AssociateKirkwood Community College, 1977
Bachelor'sCoe College, 1992
Master'sUniversity of Chicago, 1994
Date of birthAugust 3, 1951
Place of birthPostville, Iowa
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website
Rick Stewart was a 2014 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Iowa.[1] He was defeated by Joni Ernst (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Born in Postville, Iowa, Stewart grew up in Maquoketa, Iowa until he earned a scholarship to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1969.[3] Stewart earned an A.S. in agricultural mechanics from Kirkwood Community College in 1977. He went on to earn his B.A. in business administration from Coe College in 1992 and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1994.[4]

Stewart founded Frontier Coop, a supplier of herbs, spices and aromatherapy product to the natural food industry, in 1976. He retired in 1999.[4]


Campaign themes


Stewart submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:

I am a libertarian redistributionist, running for office to crack open the Republican/Democratic duopoly.[5]



See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Stewart ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Iowa. Stewart ran as an Independent candidate.[6] The general election took place November 4, 2014. He was defeated by Joni Ernst (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. Senate, Iowa General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoni Ernst 52.1% 588,575
     Democratic Bruce Braley 43.8% 494,370
     Libertarian Douglas Butzier 2.4% 26,815
     Independent Rick Stewart 0.7% 8,232
     Independent Ruth Smith 0.5% 5,873
     Independent Bob Quast 0.4% 4,724
     Write-in Other 0.1% 1,111
Total Votes 1,129,700
Source: Iowa Secretary of State Official Results

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  1. Iowa Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed August 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Huffington Post, "Election 2014," accessed November 6, 2014
  3. Rick Stewart, "About," accessed October 6, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on October 5, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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