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Richard Morthland
Candidate for
Illinois State House, District 71
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Republican
Richard "Rich" Morthland (b. November 10, 1959) is currently serving on the Rock Island County Board. He is also a Republican Representative-elect for District 71 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Richard Morthland is a farmer, college professor, and County Board member in Rock Island County, Illinois.

Morthland has a BA in Communications from St. Ambrose University, and a master’s degree in a communication-related field earned in Denver, Colorado.[1]

Morthland is a member of the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau and the Farm Bureau.


Morthland defeated Democrat Dennis Ahern in the November 2, 2010 general election for a seat that was held by incumbent Democrat Mike Boland, who did not run for re-election.[2]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 71 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Morthland (R) 20,376 58.01%
Dennis Ahern (D) 14,750 41.99%

Political positions

Morthland can be described as a conservative Republican. He opposed the Rock Island County Board's controversial pay raises [3] He is also opposed to the creation of new taxes in Illinois and an increase of any income taxes [4]


Morthland lives on a farm with his wife Betsey, to whom he has been married for 30 years. Both Morthlands are college professors who have travelled twice to the Czech Republic at their own expense to teach English to Czech children.

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Richard Morthland campaign website
  2. Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results
  3. WQAD, "Rock Island County Board Members getting pay raises", May 24, 2010.
  4. Chicago Tribune, "Editorial board endorsements"