Rita Hart

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Rita Hart
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Iowa State Senate District 49
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
Master'sUniversity of Iowa
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Rita Hart is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 49. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Hart earned her Bachelor's from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master's in Educational Administration. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher and a farmer.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

Hart's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt: "Iowa must invest in our children’s future by recruiting, retaining, and rewarding teachers and administrators who maximize student achievement."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "As Iowa redesigns the state’s mental health and disability service system, we must focus on increasing in-home and community settings over institutional care."

Workforce Development, Economy

  • Excerpt: "Working together with small businesses, family farms and local manufacturers, we must foster an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses and produce workers with the skills needed to revive and strengthen local and regional economies."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hart served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Agriculture
Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa
Education
Local Government
Veterans Affairs

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Rita Hart was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Brian Schmidt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hart will face Schmidt in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Hart ran in the 2012 election for Iowa State Senate District 49. Hart defeated Dorothy O'Brien in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012. Hart defeated Andrew Naeve (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Iowa State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRita Hart 54.6% 17,305
     Republican Andrew Naeve 45.4% 14,398
Total Votes 31,703
Iowa State Senate, District 49 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRita Hart 53.5% 1,289
Dorothy O'Brien 46.5% 1,121
Total Votes 2,410

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hart is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hart raised a total of $387,409 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[7]

Rita Hart's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 49 Won $387,409
Grand Total Raised $387,409

2012

Hart won election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hart raised a total of $387,409.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rita Hart's campaign in 2012
Iowa Senate Majority Fund$289,921
Iowa Democratic Party$21,017
Food & Commercial Workers District 431$10,000
Quad City Federation of Labor$5,000
Laborers Local 309$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$387,409
Source:Follow the Money

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Personal

Rita and her husband, Paul, have five children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hubert Houser (R)
Iowa State Senate District 49
2013–present
Succeeded by
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