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Richard Morthland

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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. He 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.[1]

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.[2]

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

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

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