Senator James R. Riordan View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Birth Place: Boone County, Iowa
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 71 (1985) - 75 (1993)
Home County: Dallas
James R. Riordan
Dallas County
Birth: December 31, 1949 and raised on a farm in Boone County. Parents: J.R. and Therese Riordan. Education: Graduated Ryan High School, Boone, 1968; B.S., Iowa State University, 1975. Spouse: Rhonda Quade, 1975. Children: 2 daughters: Laura and Elizabeth; 1 son, Will. Activities: Farmed for 7 years. Present owner of Ashworth Acres Nursery Company, Inc., near Waukee. Former administrative assistant, Lt. Governor Bob Anderson. Former Congressional aide, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Former staff director, Senate Democratic Caucus. Member: Iowa Nurserymen's Association, American Association of Nurserymen, Waukee Business Club. Attends Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Waukee. Elected to Iowa Senate in special election, 1985. Term: Third.