Merlin Bartz

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Merlin Bartz
Iowa State Senate District 6
Former Member
In office
1992-2002, 2009-2013
Assistant Minority Leader, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa House of Representatives
Bachelor'sLuther College, 1983
Date of birthMarch 16, 1961
Place of birthMason City, IA
Office website
Merlin Bartz (b. March 16, 1961) is a former Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 6 from 1992 to 2002 and again from 2009 to 2013, serving as State Senate Assistant Minority Leader from 2011 to 2012. Bartz previously served in the Iowa State House of Representatives from 1991 to 1992.

Bartz earned his B.A. from Luther College in 1983.

Bartz has worked in the following positions: Livestock and Grain Farming, Grafton Industries, David Manufacturing Company, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the United States Department of Agriculture, and Central Region Assistant Chief for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bartz served on these committees:


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Bartz ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting he ran in district 26. Bartz ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012 and was defeated by District 8 incumbent Mary Jo Wilhelm in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Iowa State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Jo Wilhelm Incumbent 50.2% 15,530
     Republican Merlin Bartz Incumbent 49.8% 15,404
Total Votes 30,934


On November 4, 2008, Bartz was elected to the 6th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Doug Thompson (D) and Kenneth J. Abrams (I). [3] Bartz raised $101,582 for his campaign, while Thompson raised $150,462 and Abrams raised $0.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 6 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMerlin Bartz (R) 14,299
Doug Thompson (D) 12,496
Kenneth J. Abrams 2,241

Campaign donors


In 2008 Bartz collected $101,582 in donations.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowans for Tax Relief $5,000
Dryden, Steve and Patricia $4,000
Iowa Republican Party $3,800
Iowa Hospital Association $2,500

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Bartz and his wife, Lisa, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thurman Gaskill
Iowa State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Mark Segebart (R)