Rita Hart

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Democratic Candidate for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District

Growing up in Charles City, Iowa as one of nine children in a “divided household” — her mom a Republican, dad a Democrat — Rita Hart is a lifelong Iowan, farmer, and 20-year educator.

After graduating from North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa, Rita taught junior high and high school English in the Calamus-Wheatland and Bennett Community School Districts for more than two decades.

After leaving the classroom, she led programs that facilitated career pathway opportunities for students with local businesses and served as an active volunteer in her eastern Iowa community. She has been involved in the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission, Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission, and founded the Clinton County Economic Development Coordinating Council.

Rita was also elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012, where she represented a swing district that included Clinton and northern Scott counties. She was re-elected in 2014, despite a GOP landslide across the state. In the Iowa Senate, she worked with both parties to deliver results for hard working Iowa families, small businesses, and farms, while being a champion for fully funding K-12 schools and expanding job training for Iowa workers. In 2018, Rita was the Democratic nominee for Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor.

She lives with her husband Paul on their 200-acre soybean and corn farm in Wheatland, which they’ve owned and operated since 1986. Together they have five children and are active members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Long Grove.


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