Rita Hart

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Rita Hart
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Iowa State Senate District 49
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 2
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
Master'sUniversity of Iowa
Office website
Campaign website
Rita Hart is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 49. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Hart earned her B.S. from the University of Northern Iowa and her M.S. in Educational Administration. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher and a farmer.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hart served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Growth, Chair
Local Government
Veterans Affairs


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


Campaign themes


Hart's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

As a state senator, Hart continues to work to improve our local economy, support workforce development, and attract good paying jobs to improve Iowans' quality of life.[3]



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate 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 Rita Hart was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Brian Schmidt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hart faced Schmidt in the general election.[4][5][6] Incumbent Hart defeated Schmidt in the general election.[7]

Iowa State Senate, District 49 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRita Hart Incumbent 51.9% 11,690
     Republican Brian Schmidt 48% 10,808
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 23
Total Votes 22,521


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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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


Hart won election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hart raised a total of $387,409.


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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
Succeeded by