Ron Corbett

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Ron Corbett
Mayor of Cedar Rapids
Assumed office
January 2010
Preceded by Kay Halloran
Personal details
Born (1960-10-12) October 12, 1960 (age 57)
Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children 5
Residence Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alma mater Cornell College
Occupation Insurance administrator

Ron Corbett (born October 12, 1960) is an American politician, serving as the Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 2010.[1] A Republican, he is a candidate for the Iowa gubernatorial election, 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Corbett was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1960. In 1974, his family moved to Iowa and he later graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1983.[2]


After graduation, Corbett worked for The Equitable Life Insurance Company as an agent for ten years. He was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1986, where he served 7 terms. He was Speaker of the House from 1995 until 1999.[3] He then resigned his house seat to become president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.[1][2] He left that position for a Cedar Rapids based international trucking firm, CRST working directly under executive director John Smith.

He was elected mayor of Cedar Rapids in 2009 with 62% of the vote.[4][5] He was re-elected to another four-year term in 2013. In December 2016, he stated that he would not seek re-election for mayor of Cedar Rapids, but would instead consider a run as the GOP candidate for Governor of Iowa in 2018.[6]

In 2015, he officially resigned CRST and launched a conservative think tank called Engage Iowa, and he serves as president of that non-profit organization.[7] Its first policy initiative on water quality and state tax reform was introduced in November 2015.[8]

Ron Corbett 62.3% 14,642
Brian Fagan 35.7% 8,385
P.T Larson 1.8% 421


  1. ^ a b "Ron Corbett Mayor". City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Ron Corbett: Wants to get city back on track". Oct 25, 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Ron Corbett
  4. ^ "Cornell alumnus elected mayor of Cedar Rapids". Cornell College. November 4, 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Smith, Rick (Nov 4, 2009). "Corbett will be Cedar Rapids mayor". Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Morelli, B. A. (December 19, 2016). "Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will not seek re-election, fans flames of gubernatorial run: 'I want to see how things play out over the next few months,' he says". The Gazette. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mayor Ron Corbett launches 'conservative think tank' | The Gazette". The Gazette. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Corbett's Engage Iowa pushes flat income tax, clean water | The Gazette". The Gazette. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 

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Preceded by
Kay Halloran
Mayor of Cedar Rapids
Succeeded by