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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$135/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
(dead link) Personal website
Dick Dearden (b. June 3, 1938) is a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.


Dearden's professional experience includes working as a Representative for Almalgated Meat Cutters, Supervisor for AMF Lawn and Garden and Job Developer for the 5th Judicial District. He served in the Iowa National Guard from 1956 to 1962.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Ethics, Vice-chair
Labor and Business Relations, Vice-chair
Natural Resources & Environment, Chair
Rules and Administration
State Government


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

Comprehensive donor information for Dearden is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Dearden raised a total of $178,276 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Dick Dearden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 16 Won $42,396
2010 Iowa State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $8,628
2008 Iowa State Senate, District 34 Won $26,705
2006 Iowa State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $15,387
2004 Iowa State Senate, District 34 Won $17,341
2002 Iowa State Senate, District 34 Won $27,793
2000 Iowa State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $13,392
1998 Iowa State Senate, District 35 Won $26,634
Grand Total Raised $178,276


Dearden won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dearden raised a total of $42,396.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dick Dearden's campaign in 2012
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$3,000
Iowa Corn Growers Association$2,500
Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association$2,000
Iowa Beverage Systems$2,000
Doll, Mark J$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$42,396
Source:Follow the Money


In 2008 Dearden collected $26,705 in donations.[6]

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


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Iowa

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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[7]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.


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)