Dick Dearden

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Dick Dearden
Iowa State Senate District 16
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 20
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
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 16 since 2013. He previously represented District 34 from 1995 to 2013. 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.

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 served on these committees:


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

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

Iowa State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDick Dearden Incumbent 65.5% 16,065
     Republican David Scott Edwards 34.5% 8,469
Total Votes 24,534


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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


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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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Hancock (D)
Iowa State Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa State Senate District 34
Succeeded by
Liz Mathis (D)