Rod Roberts

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Rod Roberts
Rod A. Roberts - Official Portrait - 83rd GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 51st district
80th (2001 – 2003)
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 9, 2011
Preceded by James Drees
Succeeded by Dan Muhlbauer
Personal details
Born (1957-10-22) October 22, 1957 (age 57)
Waverly, Iowa
Political party Republican
Residence Carroll, Iowa
Religion Church of Christ
Website Roberts's website

Rod Roberts (born October 22, 1957) is the director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.[1] Roberts is also a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and five-term Iowa State Representative from the 51st and 80th Districts. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011 and was an assistant minority leader. He received his BA from Iowa Christian College, as did his wife.

During his last term in the Iowa House, Roberts served on the Administration and Rules, Appropriations, Local Government, State Government, and Transportation committees. His political experience includes serving on the Carroll School Board from 1996 to 2000. Other experience includes serving as past president of the Carroll Rotary Club and serving on the Board of Directors for New Hope Village (a facility supporting disabled adults) in Carroll.

Electoral history[edit]

Roberts ran for the Iowa House's District 80 in 1998, losing to incumbent Democrat James Drees. He ran again in 2000 and won the election, defeating Democratic opponent Thomas Halbur. After the districts were redrawn for the 2002 election, Roberts was elected to the new District 51. He did not seek re-election to the House in 2010, choosing to seek the Republican nomination for governor instead. He was defeated in the primary, coming in a distant third behind former governor Terry Branstad, who went on to win the general election, and Iowa businessman Bob Vander Plaats. At the Republican state convention, he declined when nominated for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, endorsing then-State Senator Kim Reynolds for the position.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 1998 [3]
District 80
Turnout: 9,610
Democratic hold James Drees* Democratic 4,889 50.9
Rod Roberts Republican 4,721 49.1
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2000 [4]
District 80
Turnout: 12,203
Republican gain from Democratic Rod Roberts Republican 6,539 53.6
Thomas H. Halbur Democratic 5,655 46.3
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [5]
District 51
Republican (newly redistricted) Rod Roberts* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [6]
District 51
Republican hold Rod Roberts* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [7]
District 51
Republican hold Rod Roberts* Republican unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [8]
District 51
Republican hold Rod Roberts* Republican unopposed
Iowa gubernatorial primary elections, 2010 [9]
District 51
Turnout: 229,731
Republican Terry Branstad Republican 114,450 49.8
Bob Vander Plaats Republican 93,058 40.5
Rod Roberts Republican 19,896 8.7

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Drees
80th District
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
James Hahn
Preceded by
Jeff Elgin
51st District
2003 – 2011
Succeeded by
Dan Muhlbauer