Dick Dearden

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Dick L. Dearden
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Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 34th district
35th (1995–2003)
In office
January 9, 1995 – January 8, 2017
Preceded by Florence Buhr
Succeeded by Nate Boulton
Personal details
Born (1938-06-03) June 3, 1938 (age 78)
Des Moines, Iowa
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Sharon
Children 3 children
Residence Des Moines, Iowa
Occupation Retired
Religion Lutheran
Website Dearden's website

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.[1]


Dearden graduated from Des Moines East High School.[1]


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.

Dearden was last re-elected in 2008 with 17,704 votes, defeating Republican opponent Scott Strosahl. [1]

He is also a veteran of the National Guard.[1]


Dearden is a member of the following organizations:


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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Senator Dearden". Iowa Senate District 16. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Florence Buhr
35th District
1995 – 2003
Succeeded by
Jeff Lamberti
Preceded by
Matt McCoy
34th District
2003 – 2017
Succeeded by
Nate Boulton