Merlin Bartz

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State Senator
Republican
Bills & Committees
Farmer/Laborer
Worth
84
01/10/2011 - 01/13/2013
6

Term

Previously served one term in House. Currently serving fourth non-consecutive term in Senate.

Profession

Farmer, 1983-present. Factory worker, 1983-1990. State Representative, 1991-1992. State Senator 1993-2002. United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., 2002-2007. Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Central Regional Assistant Chief for Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Education

Attended St. Ansgar Community Schools. Received B.A. (cum laude) in political science and music from Luther College, 1983. Iowa to India Rotary Cultural Exchange Team, 1990. Darden School of Business, University of Virginia Leadership Class, 1994. Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Crisis Management Program, 2005.

Memberships and Activities

Served on the Lutheran Social Service and the BIOWA boards. Current or former member Worth County Historical Society, Pork & Cattle Producers, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Soybean and Corn Growers Associations, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and Iowa Parks Foundation.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1961 in Mason City. Resides near Grafton.

Family Members

Wife, Lisa; one son and two daughters.

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State Senator
Republican
Bills & Committees
Farmer/Laborer
Worth
83
01/12/2009 - 01/09/2011
6

Term

Previously served one term in House and three terms in Senate. Currently serving fourth term in Senate

Profession

Farmer and factory worker 1983-1990. State Representative 1991-1992. State Senator 1993-2002. United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., 2002-2007, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Central Regional Assistant Chief for Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Education

Received B.A. (cum laude) in political science and music from Luther College, 1983. Iowa to India Rotary Cultural Exchange Team, 1990. Darden School of Business. University of Virginia Leadership Class, 1994. Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Crisis Management Program, 2005.

Memberships and Activities

Served on the Lutheran Social Service and on the BIOWA boards. Current or former member Worth County Historical Society, Pork & Cattle Producers, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Soybean and Corn Growers Associations, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and Iowa Parks Foundation.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1961 in Mason City. Resides near Grafton.

Family Members

Wife Lisa; one son and two daughters.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
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State Senator
Republican
Bills & Committees
Farmer
Worth
79
01/08/2001 - 02/11/2002
10

Birth: March 16, 1961, Mason City. Parents: Orland and Clarice Braun Bartz. Education: Graduated from St. Ansgar Community Schools, 1979. B.A., cum laude in music and political science, Luther College, 1983. 1994 Darden School of Business - University of Virginia Leadership Class Graduate. Spouse: Lisa Davis Jorgensen, 1990. Children: 2 daughters, Kimberly and Marena; 1 son, Will. Profession and Activities: Livestock/grain farmer and laborer. Former factory worker, 1983-1990. Twenty five years with various dance bands. Recipient of Guardian of Business Awards (NFIB). Member: Worth County Historical Society. Farm Bureau and Cattlemen, Worth County Central Committee and various chambers of commerce; past involvement in Worth County Pork Producers, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, NRA, and Lutheran Social Service Board of Directors. Member: Rotary International Iowa to India Cultural Exchange Team, 1990. Member and Choir Director, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton. Term: Third (Served 1st Half of G.A. only. Resigned office February 11, 2002.)

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State Senator
Republican
Bills & Committees
Farmer
Worth
78
01/11/1999 - 01/07/2001
10

Birth: March 16, 1961, Mason City. Parents: Orland and Clarice Braun Bartz. Education: Graduated from St. Ansgar Community Schools, 1979. B.A., cum laude in music and political science, Luther College, 1983. 1994 Darden School of Business - University of Virginia Leadership Class Graduate. Spouse: Lisa Davis Jorgensen, 1990. Children: 2 daughters, Kimberly and Marena; 1 son, Will. Profession and Activities: Livestock/grain farmer and laborer. Former factory worker, 1983-1990. Twenty five years with various dance bands. Recipient of Guardian of Business Awards (NFIB). Member: Worth County Historical Society. Farm Bureau and Cattlemen, Worth County Central Committee and various chambers of commerce; past involvement in Worth County Pork Producers, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, NRA, and Lutheran Social Service Board of Directors. Member: Rotary International Iowa to India Cultural Exchange Team, 1990. Member and Choir Director, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton. Term: Second.

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State Senator
Republican
Bills & Committees
Farmer
Worth
77
01/13/1997 - 01/10/1999
10

Birth: March 16, 1961, Mason City. Parents: Orland and Clarice Braun Bartz. Education: Graduated from St. Ansgar Community Schools, 1979. Received B.A. cum laude in music and political science, Luther College, 1983. 1994 Darden School of Business - University of Virginia Leadership Class Graduate. Spouse: Lisa Davis Jorgensen, 1990. Children: 2 daughters, Kimberly and Marena; 1 son, Will. Profession and Activities: Livestock/grain farmer and laborer. Former factory worker, 1983-1990. Twenty two years with various dance bands. Recipient of Guardian of Business Award (NFIB), 1992. Member: Worth County Historical Society, Pork Producers, Farm Bureau, Pheasants Forever. NRA. Worth County Republican central committee. Member and Choir Director: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton. Sponsor in Ducks Unlimited, Lutheran Social Service Board of Directors, Iowa to India Rotary Cultural Exchange Team, 1990. Past chair, Worth County Republicans. Past member, Third District Republican Platform Committee. Served one term in Iowa House. Term: Third.

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State Senator
Republican
Bills & Committees
Farmer
Worth
76
01/09/1995 - 01/12/1997
10

Birth: March 16, 1961, Mason City. Parents: Orland and Clarice Braun Bartz. Education: Graduated from St. Ansgar Community Schools, 1979. Received B.A. cum laude in music and political science, Luther College, 1983. Spouse: Lisa Davis Jorgensen, 1990. Children: 1 daughter: Kimberly; 1 son: Will. Activities: Livestock/grain farmer and laborer. Former factory worker, 1983-1990. Seventeen years with various dance bands. 1992 recipient of Guardian of Business Award (NFIB). Member: Worth County Historical Society; Pork Producers; Farm Bureau; Pheasants Forever; NRA; Worth County Republican Central Committee. Member and Choir Director: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton. Sponsor in Ducks Unlimited. Lutheran Social Service Board of Directors. 1990 Iowa to India Cultural Exchange Team sponsored by Rotary. Past chair: Worth County Republicans. Past member: Third District Republican Platform Committee. Served one term in Iowa House. Term: First.

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State Senator
Republican
Farmer
Worth
75
01/11/1993 - 01/08/1995
10

Birth: March 16, 1961, Mason City. Parents: Orland and Clarice Braun Bartz. Education: Graduated from St. Ansgar Community Schools, 1979. Received B.A. cum laude in music and political science, Luther College, 1983. Spouse: Lisa Davis Jorgensen, 1990. Children: 1 daughter: Kimberly; 1 son: Will. Activities: Livestock/grain farmer and laborer. Former factory worker, 1983-1990. Seventeen years with various dance bands. 1992 recipient of Guardian of Business Award (NFIB). Member: Worth County Historical Society; Pork Producers; Farm Bureau; Pheasants Forever; NRA; Worth County Republican Central Committee. Member and Choir Director: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton. Sponsor in Ducks Unlimited. Lutheran Social Service Board of Directors. 1990 Iowa to India Cultural Exchange Team sponsored by Rotary. Past chair: Worth County Republicans. Past member: Third District Republican Platform Committee. Served one term in Iowa House. Term: First.

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State Representative
Republican
Farmer/Laborer
Worth
74
01/14/1991 - 01/10/1993
19

Birth: March 16, 1961, Mason City. Parents: Orland and Clarice Braun Bartz. Education: Graduated from St. Ansgar Community Schools, 1979. Received B.A. cum laude in music and political science, Luther College, 1983. Spouse: Lisa Jorgensen, 1990. Children: 1 stepdaughter: Kimberly. Activities: Livestock/grain farmer and laborer. Employed 1 year with Grafton Industries, Grafton; 5 years with David Manufacturing Company, Mason City; 15 years with various dance bands. Member: 1990 Iowa to India cultural exchange sponsored by Rotary International; Worth County Historical Society; Pork Producers; Farm Bureau; Pheasants Forever, Worth County Republican Central Committee. Member and choir director, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton. Sponsor in Ducks Unlimited. Past chair, Worth County Republicans. Past member, District Platform Committee. Term: First.

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