Christopher Rants

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Christopher C. Rants
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Speaker of the House
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 54th district
In office
Preceded byDon Shoning
Succeeded byRon Jorgensen
Personal details
Born (1967-09-16) September 16, 1967 (age 51)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Trudy Rants
ChildrenGrace and Katharine Rants
ResidenceSioux City, Iowa
Alma materMorningside College
WebsiteRants' website

Christopher C. Rants (born September 16, 1967) is a former Iowa State Representative. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1992 to 2010. He received his BA from Morningside College. His work experience includes managing environmental compliance projects for Metz Baking Company, and Pierce & Associates, a Sioux City consulting firm. After leaving the legislature, Rants started inSight Communication as government affairs and public relations firm. In 2015 Rants partnered his firm with PolicyWorks LLC, another Iowa government affairs firm[1].

Rants served on several committees in the Iowa House - Commerce, Education, Ways & Means, Labor, and Rules committees. His political experience includes serving as Assistant Majority Leader beginning in 1994, serving as the Speaker Pro Tempore[2], serving as House Majority Leader beginning in 1999, and serving as Speaker of the Iowa House[3] from 2003 through 2006.

Rants was re-elected in 2008 by a margin of 57% to 43%.[4]

In June 2009, Rants announced his intention to seek his party's nomination for the 2010 election for Governor of Iowa.[5] Rants announced that he was pulling out of the race for governor in February 2010.

In 2006 and 2008 Rants backed Mitt Romney[6] in the Iowa caucuses, and in 2016[7] Rants was the state chairman for the Carly Fiorina for President campaign.

Christopher is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership[8]. Rants serves as Vice Chairman [9] of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Rants is an avid golfer, who has played the 2004 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses You Can Play[10].


  1. ^ "Former Iowa House Speaker Teams Up with PolicyWorks". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  2. ^ "House Officers and Committees". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  3. ^ Bureau, Dan Gearino, Journal Des Moines. "Rants re-elected House Speaker". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Beaumont, Thomas (June 20, 2009). "Humbler Rants to enter race for governor". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2009-06-22.[dead link][dead link]
  6. ^ Bureau, CHARLOTTE EBY, Courier Des Moines. "Romney earns Rants' backing". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  7. ^ Hayworth, Bret (7 May 2015). "Sioux Cityan Rants moves to role with Fiorina campaign". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2008 - The Aspen Institute". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  9. ^ "Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) Organization 2013-14, Democracy in Action". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Courses Journey Completed At Great Waters". Retrieved 2017-08-14.

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Don Shoning
3rd District
1992 – 2002
Succeeded by
Ralph Klemme
Preceded by
Todd Taylor
54th District
2002 – present
Succeeded by