|Dick L. Dearden|
|Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 34th district
January 9, 1995
|Preceded by||Florence Buhr|
June 3, 1938 |
Des Moines, Iowa
|Residence||Des Moines, Iowa|
Dirk L. Dearden (born June 3, 1938) is the Iowa State Senator from the 34th District. A Democrat, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 1995 representing the Northeast part of Des Moines and Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Dearden graduated from Des Moines East High School.
Dearden currently serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Appropriations committee; the Labor and Business Relations committee; the Rules and Administration committee; the State Government committee; the Ethics committee, where he is vice chair; and the Natural Resources committee, where he is chair. His prior political experience includes serving on the Polk County Central Committee since 1972, serving as Chairman of the Polk County Democrats from 1980 to 1982, and serving as a delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
He is also a veteran of the National Guard.
Dearden is a member of the following organizations:
- American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees retirees
- Izaak Walton League
- Pheasants Forever
- Ducks Unlimited
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Former chairman of the Polk County Democratic Party
Dearden has been married to his wife Sharon since 1959 and together they have two sons, David and Mark, and one daughter, Pamela, along with six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
- "About Senator Dearden". Iowa Senate District 16. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Senator Dick Dearden official Iowa Legislature site
- Senator Dick Dearden official Iowa General Assembly site
- State Senator Dick Dearden official constituency site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
1995 – 2003
2003 – present
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