Dick Dearden

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Dick Dearden
Iowa State Senate District 34
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2013
Years in position 20
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDes Moines East High School, 1957
Military service
Service/branchIowa National Guard
Years of service1956-1962
Date of birthJune 3, 1938
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
ProfessionJob Developer, 5th Judicial District
Office website
Personal website
Dick Dearden (b. June 3, 1938) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 34. Dearden was Chair of the Polk County Democrats from 1980 to 1982. In 1996 he was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. He has been on the Polk County Central Committee since 1972. He joined the Iowa State Senate in 1995.

Dearden received his diploma from Des Moines East High School in 1957.

Dearden was a Representative for Almalgated Meat Cutters. He has also worked as Supervisor for AMF Lawn and Garden. He served in the Iowa National Guard from 1956 to 1962. He has been a Job Developer for the 5th Judicial District since 1986.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dearden has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dearden served on these committees:



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Dearden is running for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, he is running in District 16. Dearden ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and will face David Scott Edwards in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]


On November 4, 2008, Dearden was re-elected to the 34th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Scott Strosahl (R).[3] Dearden raised $26,705 for his campaign, while Strosahl raised $4,995. [4]

Iowa State Senate, District 34 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDick Dearden (D) 17,705
Scott Strosahl (R) 9,615

Campaign donors


In 2008 Dearden collected $26,705 in donations.[5]

Four of his largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $3,500
Chesley, Stanley M. $2,000
Laborers Local 353 $1,000
Iowa Motor Truck Association $1,000

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Dearden and his wife, Sharon, have three children.

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Preceded by
Iowa Senate District 34
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