Rita Hart

Career:Iowa State Senate, 2013-2019
Education:A.A., North Iowa Area Community College
B.A., University of Northern Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa

Rita Hart served in the Iowa State Senate from 2013-2019. In January 2023, Hart was elected chair of the Iowa Democratic Party.

Hart was born in 1956 in Charles City, Iowa. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from North Iowa Area Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Iowa. She worked as a middle school and high school English teacher for more than 20 years.

Hart was the 2018 Democratic nominee for Iowa's lieutenant governor and the 2020 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House for Iowa's 2nd congressional district.

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