Rita Hart is a lifelong Iowan, raised in Floyd County. She attended University of Northern Iowa and received a M.A. in Education Administration from the University of Iowa before teaching English in the Calamus-Wheatland and Bennett Community School Districts for more than two decades. After leaving the classroom, Rita led educational programs that helped young people find jobs in local businesses and served as an active volunteer in her community.
Rita was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012, representing Iowa’s 49th Senate District in Clinton and Scott Counties. She has worked across the aisle to deliver results for her constituents and standing up for middle class Iowa families and small businesses. She is a ranking member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee, a current member and former chair of the International Committee, former chair of the Economic Growth Committee, and former ranking member of the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee.
Rita has been married to her husband, Paul, for nearly 36 years. Together, they’ve owned and operated their family’s farm in Clinton County since 1986, and their five children attended Calamus-Wheatland public schools. She is a church cantor and choir member at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Long Grove.
As a state senator, she fought to improve the local economy, support workforce development, and attract good paying jobs to improve our state’s quality of life — and as Iowa’s next lieutenant governor, she’ll fight every day to do exactly that.