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Rick Bertrand
Rick Bertrand.jpg
Iowa State Senate District 7
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 4
Minority Whip, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa, 1993
Date of birthDecember 22, 1969
Place of birthSioux City, Iowa
ProfessionPresident, JAR Imports
Office website
Rick Bertrand (b. December 22, 1969) is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Bertrand served as Minority Whip in 2013.


Bertrand earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993. His professional experience includes working as President of JAR Imports and TARINI Wines.

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Rules and Administration
Ways and Means


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



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Jim France defeated Maria Rundquist in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Rick Bertrand was unopposed in the Republican primary. France, Bertrand and Rundquist (I) faced off in the general election after Rundquist filed to run as an Independent on July 29, 2014.[1][2] Incumbent Bertrand defeated both challengers, Rundquist and France, in the general election.[3]

Iowa State Senate, District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Bertrand Incumbent 57.1% 8,766
     Democratic Jim France 37.4% 5,738
     Independent Maria Rundquist 5.4% 832
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 16
Total Votes 15,352
Iowa State Senate, District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim France 55.4% 599
Maria Rundquist 44.6% 483
Total Votes 1,082


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Bertrand defeated Democratic candidate Rick Mullin by a margin of 7,581 to 7,359 in the November 2 general election.[4] Democratic incumbent Steve Warnstadt did not run for re-election.

In the June 8 primary election, Bertrand was unopposed.[5]

Iowa State Senate, District 1 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Bertrand (R) 7,581 50.7%
Rick Mullin (D) 7,359 49.3%
Iowa State Senate, District 1 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Bertrand 2,046 100%

Defamation lawsuit

A Woodbury County jury awarded Bertrand $231,000 in damages in a defamation lawsuit over a negative TV ad in the campaign. Bertrand filed the suit in October 2010 against Mullin, claiming he was defamed by an ad paid for by the Iowa Democratic Party that said Bertrand "put profits ahead of children's health." Mullin, who approved the ad, was ordered to pay $31,000 and the Democratic Party $200,000.[6]

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Bertrand was up for re-election, he collected $172,713 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Iowa State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Bertrand's campaign in 2010
Iowa Republican Party$91,879
Butler County Republican Central Cmte$15,000
Woodbury County Republican Central Cmte$10,000
Rastetter, Bruce L$5,000
Gleeson, John W$3,500
Total Raised in 2010 $172,713


Bertrand and his wife, Tammy, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Amanda Ragan (D)
Iowa State Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Steve Warnstadt
Iowa State Senate District 1
Succeeded by
David Johnson (R)